The Uraga woreda is near to where several other really nice Ethiopia coffees from this year originate; Shakisso. What a great cup; clean fruited flavors, zesty citrus, muted acidity, lemon meringue. City to Full City+.
The Uraga woreda is near to where several other really nice Ethiopia coffees from this year originate: Shakisso. While it is called a Sidama coffee, it is technically part of the very large Oromia kilil (ethnic region) of Ethiopia. Layo Teraga is a washing station, a wet mill, and produced some lots that were offered in the DST auction this year in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, that shipment was so late in coming, a victim of a huge backlog of coffee deliveries from Ethiopia this year. There was a fair trade and organic lot from the same washing station that arrived on time, and I was really impressed with the cup on arrival, so we switched out of the DST lot to this one. It all worked out well, and I think we have the better coffee, represented here in this offering. Layo Teraga has 400 members and is Fair Trade and Organic certified. I have not been to this washing station, but hope to during harvest this year. The average altitude of the producer farms is listed at a whopping 2100 meters, and that would be worth verifying.
This coffee is a balanced wet-process Ethiopia, and therefore is very interesting for espresso use too! The dry fragrance has a key lime pie sweet scent, soft and rounded citrus qualities but also a bit of strawberry and green apple. Needless to say, it is fruited and complex. The wet aroma is slightly almondy in the light roast, but otherwise it is all about the jammy fruit notes, berry and bergamot accents. What a great cup; clean fruited flavors, zesty but not too bright, refreshing. Citrus and other fruit notes are the main theme: Lemon flavors are not to acidic or shrill, but rather muted and sweet, as in a lemon meringue. The light roast flavor profile is quite simple, but very attractive too. Light roasts have a honey graham cracker roast taste, which shifts dramatically toward powdered cocoa at Full City roast. The body is light, but the finish on the cup is rather creamy, and very sweet as well. As it cools a soft almond pastel candy note emerges. Full City to FC+ is recommended for SO espresso, which is brilliant in both brightness and sweetness!