Big Nose Cafe

Lomi Tasha Yirgacheffe

Location: Hsinchu city, Taiwan

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing district, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: NTD $800/ 8 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 68/86

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and richly fermenty: rye whisky, lilac-like flowers, lemon custard, carob and almond suggestions in aroma and cup. Tart, lively acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a clean though richly drying finish.


Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is less predictable and deeper than the more familiar wet-processed floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. This Yirgacheffe was sourced and exported by Levelup Coffee, a relatively new international coffee production company that produces mid-sized lots of green coffees with consistent and distinctive cup profiles. It is the creation of the team that developed Ninety Plus, the admired Panama- and Ethiopia-based producer of small-lot, high-end coffees. Big Nose Cafe is a quality-focused nano-roaster based in Hsinchu city, Taiwan since 2012. Big Nose customizes the roast to customer preference, hand picks out any defective beans, and roasts the day of the order. Visit www.facebook.com/BigNoseCafe or call 886-3-5350609 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An unapologetic, thoroughly engaging version of the Ethiopian dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” processed profile, alive with whisky-like suggestions and unorthodox complexity.

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