EARL GREY TEA, LEMON, FLORAL
The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties, resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.
A lighter roast brings out the exotic flavors of this Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Many African coffees have unusual or exciting notes, but we especially wanted to showcase this selection’s unique mixture of citrusy lemon and floral flavors.
Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.
Yirgacheffe is one of Ethiopia’s four main coffee-growing regions. The region’s iron-rich soil and high elevations make it one of the best-known coffee regions in the world. Yirgacheffe coffees are known for their:
- Bright acidity
- Clean profiles
- Floral notes
- Complex aromas
The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.
Yirgacheffe has many small coffee farms that bring their crops to the local washing station, which is usually located in the nearest town. From the station, the coffee is then sold through a marketplace that’s designed to promote fair dealings with farmers and decent prices for the coffee they grow.
The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.
WET PROCESSED (WASHED)
This is a fully washed, or wet processed coffee. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:
- Is the most common method used for coffee
- Generally creates clean flavors
- Produces a consistent profile
Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.
More than 1,000 different heirloom varietals are grown in Ethiopia. This selection, with its floral and black tea notes, is a perfect example of the flavors typically produced by Ethiopia heirloom varietals.