Sagebrush Coffee

Chandler, AZ, USA

Ethiopa Yirga Cheffe Aricha Gold Label

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This is a single station coffee from Aricha kebele in Yirga Cheffe. This grade 1 preparation means the coffee receives extra special attention, hand sorting from the drying tables to the final milled coffee, separating under and over-ripe coffee cherry and any defective beans. Wet processing means that the outer skin and much of the fruit are removed with de-pulping machinery and then fermented (with and without water) to break down the fruity mucilage layer that's stuck to the seed then rinsed away with water. The coffee is then moved to raised drying tables, where it dries over the course of about 2 weeks. 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. While this coffee doesn't exactly fit into our "Farm Gate" program (we didn't have the level of direct involvement with the station as we do with some coops), Ethiopia has instituted guaranteed prices to farmers in each region that are quite high. We can be sure this trickled down to the farmer. Aricha carries a potent fragrance of sugar that's been lightly caramelized, hints of baking spices, and fresh berry. The wet grounds exude raw sugar sweetness, along with notes of floral stone fruits and peach blossom wafting in the steam. The cup flavors are clean and refined, sweet from start to finish, and body with buttery texture on the palate. The cup sweetness has a red honey flavor upfront, which falls away to fruit notes of ripe nectarine, lemon meringue, and fruit jams. The cup complexity builds as the coffee cools, a spiced sweetness pointing to gingerbread, and my lightest roasts showing perfumed florals like honeysuckle, and jasmine to a lesser extent. The lemon hint that comes into view is tethered to a citric acidic impression that is vibrant, to say the least, especially at a light City roast level. This is an exceptional washed Ethiopia, light, bright, and utterly delicious.
Tamarind
Floral
White Chocolate
Type
Single Origin
Origin
Yirga Chefe, Ethiopia
Roast
Medium
Species
Arabica
Process
Washed
Altitude
1500-2200m
Producer
Aricha Coffee Station
Farm
Various Smallholder

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