Temple Coffee and Tea

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $13.50/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2011

Agtron: 50/66

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Flowers balanced by crisp cocoa and fresh-cut fir. Brisk acidity. Smooth mouthfeel just a little fatter than silky. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.


Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctively floral- and fruit-toned coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Yirgacheffe coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. With two coffee houses located in California’s state capitol Sacramento, Temple Coffee recently transitioned from serving coffee roasted by others to roasting its own. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-601-5363 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A crisply balanced Yirgacheffe for those who prefer flowers and fir to citrus and brightness.

This review originally appeared in the January, 2011 tasting report: African Intensity: Yirgacheffe, Sidama and Environs

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