Brioso Coffee

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 45/52

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

: Delicate, layered, roast-deepened. Grapefruit zest, baker’s chocolate, dried spearmint, violet, very lightly scorched fir in aroma and cup. Bittersweet in structure, with a zesty hint of brightness; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Drying but resonant and crisply flavor-saturated in the short finish; cocoa lasts in the long.


Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This lot was processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Ethiopia coffees processed with this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on floral notes. This coffee tied for the sixth-highest rating in a tasting of nearly 130 darker-roasted coffees for Coffee Review‘s August 2017 tasting report. Brioso Coffee is a micro-roaster, coffee bar and cafe in the Discovery District of Columbus, Ohio. Visit www.briosocoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A delicate, floral-and-cocoa wet-processed Ethiopia turned richly crisp by a tactful darker roast.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2017 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Coffees: Confessions and Amends

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