Bluebeard Coffee Roasters

Gedeb Yirgacheffe Ethiopia

Location: Tacoma, Washington

Origin: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2018

Agtron: 52/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisp, balanced, richly sweet. Maple syrup, apricot, hop flowers, nougat, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with lively acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. Notes of maple syrup and apricot pleasantly dominate the finish, with enticing hints of bittersweet, hop-like florals.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees roasted by women for Coffee Review‘s April 2018 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Bluebeard Coffee Roasters’ motto is “The Perfect Medium.” The Tacoma, Washington-based company aims at roasting deep enough to develop sweetness and depth, light enough to leave each coffees’ subtleties intact. Visit www.bluebeardcoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A dynamic Ethiopia cup with high-toned fruit notes and bittersweet florals, all enveloped in crisp cocoa.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2018 tasting report: Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That "She's the Roaster"

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