At City Tome shows a perfumed, sweet cup character with intense florals and simple syrup sweetness, elegant top notes of Earl Grey tea, mace, strawberry hard candy and lemon-like acidity. City to City+.
|Region||Guji Zone, Uraga Woreda, Tome town|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||July 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr, 15-18 Screen - small and large beans, some partial quakers|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+|
The Tome washing station site is named after the town in which it is located. Sitting at about 1950 meters above sea level, Tome Station marks the lowest end of the altitude spectrum and farms reach up to 2200 meters. This privately owned washing station processes the coffees from outgrowers in the Tome highland areas. Hundreds of farmers with very small plots of coffee, often less than a hectare in size, sell their coffee to the station which are then blended together in larger process batches organized by delivery dates. Tome produces both fully washed and dry process coffees. The station also holds organic certification, and though this lot is technically organic, we did not pay for the certificate this year and so are unable to sell as such (we are hoping to bring this year's coffee in with the certificate). I noticed a fairly wide range of screen sizes in the mix, as small as 15 screen and as large as 18 screen. Be that as it may, I did not notice roast variance between the differently sized coffee beans. I picked out a few partial quakers in the 200 grams of coffee I roasted, which are easily spotted by their light tan color.
The smells are on the mild side considering the coming floral cup, but clean and sweet. The dry fragrance has a molasses cookie dough smell to it and marked by floral suggestions that hint at lilac and jasmine. The wet aroma has more of a perfumed character, with a sweet sugar browning note marked by a sweet floral accent. First impressions on the brewed coffee are the blossoming floral flavors that are so much more present than the aroma lets on. The aroma in the cup shares similarities with fragrant Tuberose, coffee flowers, and star jasmine. Cup complexity is directly tied to roast level and sticking to the lighter end of the roasting spectrum (City roast level) helps to ensure a perfumed and sweet cup character. A clear, simple syrup sweetness backs elegant top notes like Earl Grey tea, mace and a subtle fruited note of strawberry hard candy. Acidic impressions hold a citrus vibrance, with a somewhat subtle lemon note adding to the overall influence on the flavor profile. When kept to City/City+ roast levels, Tome Station yields an intensely floral cup with convincing and refined sugar sweetness and soft fruited top notes.