Temple Coffee and Tea

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe ECX

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2013

Agtron: 64/83

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Immense and intricate in flavor and aroma, balanced in structure. Crisp, nut-toned chocolate; lush night-blooming flowers; ripe tangerine; pungent sandalwood in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Quietly but profoundly flavor-saturated finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the #1 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2013. Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive 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 are removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. The ECX or Ethiopian Commodity Exchange was founded in April 2008 to discipline, regulate and bring transparency to the commodities market in Ethiopia, including the market for green coffee. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Yirgacheffe is already one of the world’s most explosively complex coffees; this is a Yirgacheffe on steroids, huge and astounding in its aromatic impact.

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