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Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Aricha Natural

June 8, 2007

This will be a combined review, both of us having received samples. For a description of Bob and Jim's evaluation procedure, see our reference page.

This coffee is grown in the Gedeo district of Yirgacheffe, near Adado and is milled 6 miles south of the town of Adado at the Idido Misty Valley processing station. It is high-grown (about 6000 feet) and is a beautifully prepped natural, screen dried coffee, with uniform colors and bean size.

Bob's Review:
This is one of those "fruit-bomb" Ethiopian naturals that have been making coffee lovers sit up and take notice. You can smell the fruit somewhat, in the roaster, a lot more in the grinder and of course, in the cup. The coffee also has obvious floral aromas to enhance the overall impression as you drink it. It's not quite as "explosive" as some of the Ethiopian naturals that have appeared in the near past, but it certainly holds its own.

I cupped this coffee over a 5-day period as its body and other qualities developed and my scores reflect an average of all the scores. In the cup it is very sweet with a slight tingle of citrus, but unlike its washed counterpart, its personality expresses itself as a fruity combination of apricot, peach and cherry with an underlying layer of milk chocolate. Sounds like a desert, doesn't it? My favorite drink was a cappa where this deserty quality enhanced by the milk, is most obvious. A dark roast will just about kill this coffee. You may want to try it and find out for yourself.

Jim's Review:
While this is a very good coffee; it's not the wonder I was hoping for. The taste is all flowers, citrus and honey -- as light and pure as a washed Yrg, with only the extra sweetness and a milder taste to show it's a natural. This coffee will be a delight for those who like Yrgacheffes, but wished for one with added sweetness and less tannic astringency. It will also be top the liking of those who want their naturals to have no hint of ferment; this is a very clean lot. However, it will probably disappoint those looking for the heavy and powerfully fruited style established by last year’s naturals; the Biloya is closer to that.

I deducted one cuppers point for cup to cup inconsistency, with occasional cups lacking sweetness or taste.

Bobs Score
Dry Fragrance: 4.9
Wet Aroma: 4.7
Flavor: 8.4
Finish: 8.5
Acidity: 8.5
Body: 7.5
TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 92.5

Jim's Score

Dry fragrance: 3.5
Wet Aroma: 4.5
Flavor: 7.5
Finish: 8.5
Acidity: 8.0
Body: 6.5
Cuppers Points: -1.0
TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 87.5

  • Lighter Roasts: Delicate florals and honey.
  • Darker Roasts: Not recommended.
  • As Espresso: Not recommended.


UPDATED: June 9, 2007