City and City+ roasts show notes of strawberry, apricot and tart fruited notes that add clean brightness to the flavor profile. Fruits are intertwined with chocolate roast flavors in the long finish. City to Full City.
|Region||Kebele Aricha, Yirga Cheffe|
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||November 2020 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This is a single station coffee from Aricha kebele in Yirga Cheffe. There are a few coffee stations in close proximity here, this with the name "Aricha" attached, and it's very close to Yirga Cheffe town. This grade 1 preparation means the coffee receives extra special attention, hand sorting from the drying tables to the final milled coffee, separating out under and over-ripe coffee cherry, and any defective beans. This extra work improves the overall cup quality and consistency from one cup to the next. It also means you'll have an easier time roasting with color consistency. Like most dry process coffees, you can expect a higher volume of chaff during roasting. Dry-processing means that the coffee was not pulped (the outer skin removed) or fermented to remove the fruity mucilage layer. In dry processing, the coffee cherry is picked and laid out in raised "beds" in the sun, turning the red fruit to a deep brown color over the course of a couple weeks, give or take. After a storage period, the coffee seed is hulled out in one step, removing all the dried skin, fruit and parchment layers at the same time. Having the fruit intact to the seed for this extended period of time tends to impart fruited flavors in the cup, as well as lower the acidity level and boost body. In the case of Aricha, we were pleasantly surprised to find a moderately bright cup when roasted light.
This lot from Aricha is a juicy cup, brimming with a tasty mix of jucy fruit and chocolate bittersweets. The dry grounds have a scent of berry and cooked stone fruit in lighter roasts, while Full City pull out dark cocoa roast accents. The wet aroma is intense, sugar browning sweetness and berry jam, apricot fruit leather and a layered berry notes lace the steam from the hot cup. The aromatics leave little guess-work as to what's to come in the brewed coffee. City and City+ roasts show notes of strawberry, apricot and tart fruited notes that add clean brightness to the flavor profile. The aftertaste lingers, berry notes hanging on long into the long finish, and intertwined with chocolate roast flavors. Our Full City roast carried a nice chocolate-covered berry flavor, along with dehydrated fruit characteristics that bring to mind strawberry milk powder in the finish.