Grounds for Change

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Location: Poulsbo, Washington

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $11.75/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2015

Agtron: 51/61

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Quietly rich, savory-sweet. Blood orange, sandalwood, lily-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweetly and roundly tart acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a gently bittersweet finish.


Certified organically grown and “Fair for Life” certified by the Institute for Market-Ecology (IMO), a different certifying body from the more familiar Fair Trade USA and its certification, deploying parallel but somewhat different criteria and methods. This coffee was produced by the Oromia Cooperative, established in 1999 and currently representing 288,000 household farmers. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. It was processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Ethiopia coffees processed by this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in sustainable coffee and supporting a wide range of progressive ecological and social programs. The complete carbon footprint (from crop to cup) for this coffee has been offset with tree planting (carbonfund.org).Visit www.groundsforchange.com or call 800-796-6820 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A roast at the darkish end of medium develops the sweet-savory, deep floral complexity of this fine Yirgacheffe.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2015 tasting report: Fair Trade Certified Coffees

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