Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Kochere GR1
Cup Characteristics: Bright, sweet, very clean, citrusy. Hints of melon. Chocolate body. Crisp with lingering finish. Spicy, bold flavor notes. A powerful cup but resonates with elegance. Highly aromatic. A good daily coffee candidate for connoisseurs.
$14.99 per pound
Ethiopia Yrgacheffe is one of our favorite coffees. Kochere is a tiny area within Yrgacheffe with a washing station where local farmers can bring their coffee harvest for processing. This is the first time in our company history that we have had a grade 1, as this has not been available for import in the past; thus this is a particularly nice lot.The farms themselves are generally very small. The washing station, which acts as something of a community center, is well run. The manager takes pride in running a tight ship and insuring that the cherry coming in for processing is exceptional and sorted appropriately. A great deal of time is spent hand sorting pergamino (dried coffee in husk) for defects during its drying period on raised African beds.
This is a very nice lot, with lots of florality and citrus. When these coffees are done well they rank among the best available, sweet, a bit wild but in a constrained way, assertive. Body is substantial and smooth.
See this map of Ethiopia's coffee producing areas.