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AHRIRE Roasting

ManLao River Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Dry Process Gedeb Asasa

Location: Pu'Er Yunnan Province, China

Origin: Gedeb District, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: RMB $75.00/150 grams

Review Date: June 2016

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Fruit-driven, crisp. Dried blueberry, almond, butterscotch, sandalwood, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Lush, round acidity; fully, satiny mouthfeel. The sweet, juicy finish consolidates to blueberry and sandalwood.

Notes:

Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. 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 profile, more pungent than bright, though still extravagant in its aromatics. AHRIRE is a micro-roaster spun off from the ManLao River project, a non-profit project for alleviating poverty and protecting the environment in the Pu’Er region of Yunnan Province. AH-RI-RE or “Tiger” in the Li language is the name of the head roaster, an ethnic minority member who aims in his roasting to “showcase the robust, multi-faceted flavors in nature.” For more information, visit http://manlaorivercoffeeco.com.

The Bottom Line: A crisp but mouth-filling, fruit-forward natural-process Ethiopia with rich, round butterscotch tones.

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