January 20, 2015

Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe Kochere Debo

Picking of coffee beans

Just tried coffee like nothing before! HasBean say “It’s a marmite coffee: you will either love it or you will hate it. You have been warned”. I find it hard to believe how anyone can  dislike it!

It’s actually changed my perception of coffee! It’s 100% natural, tastes incredible, and it’s the perfect hangover cure. It’s an early rise and shine breakfast coffee!

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee of Has Bean Coffee

Why Is It so Great?

It tastes like blueberries; not a subtle hint, but a fully overwhelming flavour which is astounding as there are NO ADDED FLAVOURINGS. At the first sip, the strong blueberries  smack you in the mouth. Its not a delicate touch of blueberries that only coffee connoisseurs can appreciate; this is a full on blueberry coffee as if blueberries were mashed into the cup!

The coffee was roasted and ground only one day before I opened it and immediately I could smell the blueberry! Even  when I tasted the grounds I could taste blueberry!

I know I keep going on about the blueberries, and don’t get me wrong, this is still a proper coffee, just with extra flavour. I brewed it via AeroPress and as it bloomed the super sweet blueberry aroma hit me.  I went slightly mad and decided to use a very coarse “jug” grind. I used 1 and a half scoops (I didn’t have scales) and water 30 seconds off the boil (tap water from Durham, UK). Pre-infused/bloomed for 20 seconds, then I let it brew roughly 1 minute and 45 seconds.  Finally I extracted then topped up the mug with 2 inches of water!

Brewing an aeropress coffee
Ground coffee beans

And Was It Worth It? 

The delicious biting acidity of blueberries hits the front of the tongue, then as the coffee slides down smoothly, you feel the full bodied nature of the coffee –  it leaves an incredible sweet aftertaste which lingers on the tongue and makes you crave more.

Yirga Chaffe sign on a pole

Coffee Profile

Area: Central southern Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe, Kochere

Altitude: 1950-2150 meters

Varietal: Kurume and other heirloom varietals

Processing: Natural process

Altitude: 1950-2100 meters

How Is It Harvested?

Hand picked – sun dried in the cherry on raised beds for 4-6 weeks. During this period, the cherries are turned every couple of hours to stop mould or over fermentation!

Type of Roast

Nice and light, a good solid medium roast but nowhere near second crack.

Coffee workers in Ethiopia

Perfect Daily Grind.