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Yrgacheffe Adado DP

April 5, 2006
Jim Schulman

This is the second dry processed Yrgacheffe I've reviewed. Again it is a coffee Miguel Meza has selected for Paradise roasters. These coffees are produced by single farms in larger cooperatives directly for the roaster. So supplies on these unusual and wonderful coffees will be quite limited.

The previous one, the Bale Kara, is so sweet that it's almost more mead than coffee; this is wonderfully unusual, but it also means the classic Gaffe floral and green tea notes are somewhat subdued. In the Adado, the honey sweetness takes second place to the classic flavors. These are so clean and crisp, that they shimmer on the tongue, like the very best wet processed Yrgs. However, while wet processed Yrgs are on the dry side and light bodied; this one is still seductively sweet, and medium to heavy bodied. All in all, it's pretty close to a perfect cup of coffee.

The Bale Kara makes a more comfortable espresso, but this one is sweet enough to bring the Yrg taste to the small cup undistorted. I don't recommend a dark roast, it will taste nice; but it will lose almost everything that's special about this coffee


Dry Fragrance: 5.0
Wet Aroma: 4.5
Flavor: 9.0
Finish: 9.0
Acidity: 8.0
Body: 8.0
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TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 93.5

  • Lighter Roasts: Great Yrgacheffe flavor with sweetness and body too
  • Darker Roasts: It would be a shame
  • As Espresso: It will work nicely as an SO, but the green tea flavor may cause cognitive dissonance.

 

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