Yo el Rey Roasting
FTO Ethiopia Worka 3 Special Reserve
|Roaster Location:||Calistoga, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.|
|Est. Price:||$21.50/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||November 2013|
Rich, sweet, intense. Brandy, mint, cherry, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular persists in a sweet-toned finish.
This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. It is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Worka is one of twenty-three primary cooperatives located in the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia that are organized as the Yirgacheffe Farmers Union. Yo el Rey Roasting is a retail coffee shop with an in-house roaster located in California's Napa Valley. Yo el Rey ("I the King"?) roasts only organic and Fair Trade certified coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It
An outstanding version of the more brandy-like style of dried-in-the-fruit Ethiopia coffees. The fermented notes are sweet, graceful and cleanly expressed.
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This review originally appeared in the November, 2013 tasting report: Dried-in-the-Fruit Refinement: Ethiopia and Yemen Naturals