A thread of honey sweetness throughout, floral like raw honey whipped with the comb, honey-sweetened black tea, creamy caramels, bright citrus notes, lemon-like acidic impression. City to City+.
|Region||Mirado Village, Bensa, Sidama|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||July 2020 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 13-15 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ - keeping it light and bright will help mitigate the tiny coffee beans - see roasting tips in farm notes|
Mirado is the name of a small village in Sidama's mountainous Bensa region. It's the name of the wet mill where this coffee is from and comprised of folks within this highland farm zone. Mirado sits at 2000+ meters above sea level, which along with slowing coffee maturation and increasing bean density, the coffees beans from this high altitude region can also be quite small in size. The majority of the coffee is 15+, but we are spotting quite a few 13 and 14 screen beans in there too. The biggest concern here is that these smaller, lower density beans will roast faster than the largest coffee. While that can be true, we found that either sticking to City to City+ roast range or slowing down the last leg of the roast helps keep the small beans from charring and darker 'roast' flavors at bay. I don't recommend roasting to Full City or beyond for this reason unless you are shooting for espresso. If you're roasting on a Behmor, it's worth sticking to 150g or less and giving the grid drum a good shake to let the tiniest fall through the mesh rather than in the bottom of the roast chamber.
There is a thread of honey sweetness throughout the cupping experience, starting in the dry fragrance as something like raw honey on toast. The honey smells have a floral aspect to them that is like smelling raw honey whipped with the comb. A scent of honey-sweetened black tea weaves through the wet aromatics, clean, sweet and also inciting a retro-nasal response to the perfumed potency. My first though when cupping a light, City roast is that this coffee is really bright. The acidic impression custs through the sweetness and is like tangy citrus and lemon flavored black tea. The sweetness in the brewed coffee moves from clover honey to a creamy caramel flavor as the coffee cools off, and a tart apricot note comes up, impacting the middle and finish. "Light and bright" is where I'm at with this lot from Mirado, keeping the recommended roast spectrum to a rather tight City to City+ range.