Noble Coffee Roasting

Ethiopian Layo Teraga

Location: Ashland, Oregon

Origin: Oromia growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2011

Agtron: 58/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Light roasting foregrounds the nut and lemon-orange character with a backgrounded spicy rose note. At its most complex in the aroma, where the nut displays a cocoa-like crispness and the rose is particularly deep and spice-toned. Balanced, buoyant acidity, silky mouthfeel. The nut note carries into a rich though rather simple finish.


Certified organically grown by the Layo Teraga Cooperative. Southern Ethiopia produces often distinctively floral- and fruit-toned coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. When processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) these coffee typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. Based in southern Oregon, Noble Coffee is a wholesale and retail roasting company focused on quality, social responsibility and environmental consciousness. Visit www.noblecoffeeroasting.com or call 541-488-3288 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy lighter-roasted versions of the world’s great origins. The orangy citrus and rose notes should please everyone. The nut note may strike some as just a touch too raw.

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

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