February 5th, 2015
For this installment of our Bi Weekly roasted coffee pairing, I roasted two very different coffees from Ethiopia. Though they are both wet process coffees, and were both roasted to a City + roast range, their flavor profiles are quite different.
Ethiopia Agaro Nano Challa Cooperative roasted at City +
The aroma is pleasant, and filled with florals. This coffee really shines with juicy fruit notes of apricot, citrus, and mango, as well as a thick honeyed sweetness. We were really happy with the way this one turned out and it's a great example of why Ethiopian coffees are known for their fruit notes and floral aromas. Makes a great pour over.
Ethiopia Bonga Forest Mankira roasted at City +
We slightly drew out the final roast leg with this one, taking it a tad south of City+. Unlike the floral and fruit aspects of Nano Challa, Mankira boasts a rustic sweetness, viscous body, and is rounded out by bittersweet cocoa and a hint of aromatic wood. There is definitely acidity too, but it is more subtle, and reminiscent of candied citrus peel.
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And here is a link to a recent video of Tom walking through the Bonga Forest in Kaffa, Ethiopia
I also roasted these two espresso blends
Espresso Workshop Blend #34 Ewe Tu