New Harvest Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Location: Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $13.00/16 ounces

Review Date: January 2011

Agtron: 47/55

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Tart bergamot-like citrus and baker’s chocolate dominate, with rounding and deepening hints of sweeter, low-acid fruit. The acidity is tart and penetrating, the mouthfeel silky. Dry chocolate dominates in the finish.


Certified organically grown by members of the Jirmi Wacho Farmers Cooperative. Also Fair Trade certified, meaning a coffee purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. 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. New Harvest is an artisan roasting company focusing on refined coffee and responsible sourcing. Visit www.newharvestcoffee.com or call 866-438-1999 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A Yirgacheffe on the tart side with expressive aromatics and impressive social and environmental credentials.

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

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