Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (2)


Bean name Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (2)
Country Ethiopia
Region Sidamo Region
Other info New 2006 crop


Another day another cupping, and for me another Ok Yirgacheffe, or so I thought. Now don't get me wrong, I love Yirgacheffe, and for me my favourite Ethiopian always. I love the grapefruit and I love what it can bring to an espresso blend. I cant remember ever tasting a bad Yirgacheffe (sorry its got to be yirg from now on it I always shorten it, and it doesn't sound right), but equally I cant remember tasting one that blew me away, and certainly never giving one over 90 points at a table.

So what's different? Looking at the green (and you should never judge a coffee just by the preparation) but it is excellent. In fact so many of this years coffees appear to have really nailed the prep stage, and that's showing in what we have been cupping. First cup when it's hot and I got that typical profile of grapefruit acidity, incredibly clean and a very nice cup of coffee. I carried on along the table and go through again. For those who don't know, and average cupping lasts around 45 minuets with say 6-8 coffee's on show, so you get to look at the coffee all the way through from very hot to cool. After say five minuets I revisit this yirg and am completely thrown. What was a good yirg has turned into a monster coffee with apricots and peach "bursting through", truly awesome tastes hitting the tongue. I know I rave about coffee's a lot but this was something special, in fact I've bought an awful lot of it in contract as I know this is going to become a huge favourite, and if it inst I'll drink it all myself!

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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