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Yirgacheffe DP Bale Kara

March 17, 2006
Jim Schulman

Since their stunning success at the last Ecafe auction; the growers in the Yrgacheffe region have experimented with more dry processed coffees. While some have had the fruited fermented notes of a Harar, the Idido/Misty Valley sample I tasted from Miguel Meza, Paradise's roast master was a true flowers and green tea Yrg, only incredibly honeyed and sweet.

This roasted sample is like the Idido. It tastes quite simply like a pure honey made from tea and perfume blossoms; not quite as potent as a top-rung wet process Yrgacheffe, but unbelievably sweet. Since my scoring reflects the power of the flavors, it is unfair to this coffee, so I've added two-and-a-half cupper's points for sheer deliciousness.


Jim's Score
Dry Fragrance: 3.75
Wet Aroma: 4.25
Flavor: 8.25
Finish: 8.0
Acidity: 7.25
Body: 7.0
Cupper's Correction: 2.5
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TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 91.0

  • Lighter Roasts: Like a jar of honey from eden.
  • Darker Roasts: Don't you dare. A first pops to rolling second roast may compensate the loss of aromatics with some very complex caramel flavors.
  • As Espresso: I didn't like it as much as the cup, but still delicious. First pops.

 

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