Jingle Bell Natural Yirgacheffe
|Roaster Location:||Taipei City, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.|
|Est. Price:||$10.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2012|
Blind Assessment: Sweetly pungent, intensely complex dried-in-the-fruit profile. Notes range from a honey eucalyptus note with a slight savory edge, through very complex floral notes including sweet (honeysuckle) and bittersweet (lavender) to zesty tangerine and crisp roasted cocoa nib. Rich, deep acidity; silky/syrupy mouthfeel. Impressively long, resonant finish.
Notes: Most Yirgacheffe coffee is prepared by the conventional wet method, in which the skin and pulp are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried, encouraging a cleanly high-toned, often intensely floral- and citrus-toned cup. This Yirgacheffe is a "natural" or dry-processed version, however, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a deeper-toned floral and fruit character. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this striking and unusual coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Marcheur Roaster is a boutique roastery based in Taipei, Taiwan. The founders, James and Janet, have been importing high-quality green coffees into Taiwan for years and this new roastery represents their further commitment to introducing fine coffees to Taiwanese consumers. Call +886-912545648 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Great depth, range and balance of sensation make this an exceptional choice for any season, any holiday.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2012 tasting report: Holiday Coffees: Solid to Spectacular