THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Borona Korie has intense honey and lime aromatics, with accent notes of raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon, rose hips, and essence of orange in the cup. Interesting mint-lemonade flavor too. City to Full City.
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This Yirga Cheffe lot comes from a washing station in the Kochore region, a smaller sub-region Korie. We purchased this lot directly from the station manager, who has a small handful of private washing stations in the Kochore and Chele'lektu sub-regions. Private and cooperative stations abound, and as one of the official designations of the Ethiopia Coffee Exchange, many coffees can be sold as Kochore/Kochere. We've visited a few of his washing stations in the past couple years, and were impressed at the prices they are paying for KG of coffee cherry - much higher than most other zones, more-than double in some cases. 650 farmers deliver tho this particular station. The high price paid up front upon delivery is very attractive to the locals, affording access to much of the sought after coffees in the highest elevations, most members in the 1900 - 2000 meters range. We were happy to secure a small amount of this coffee, 41 bags.
Borona Korie has a nice floral and developed sugar fragrance, a demurara sweetness to this delicate Kochore. The ground coffee has maple candy and creme brûlée crust, with wild flowers lingering overhead. The wetted grounds smell of raw honey and honeysuckle, with a developed raw sugar and raisin smell coming up off the break. As a brewed coffee, this one shows amazing at City+ to Full City roast levels. Brown sugar and cinnamon spice, clover honey, raisin and date, a really nice cup profile. As it cools, and floral intensity comes up, like rose hips and essence of orange, and a rue-like herbal sweetness that's so nice, and unique. A lime-like acidity shines bright, and a refreshing note of lemonade with fresh mint comes into view. There's an intense floral quality, but like a nice jasmine note too that holds on in the finish, along with a flavor of herb tea. City+ roasting deepens the herbal. It remains quite complex, and body is bumped up a notch or two as well. These darker roasts also give off a flavor of high % baker's cocoa in the finish. A "Yirga Cheffe" all the way, Borona Korie rivals the beauty of the washed Yirgs we've already posted this year in every way.