I don’t like to pick favorite regions of coffee, but sometimes you find a particular region that tends to produce great crops almost time after time and you just can’t help but to get hooked. I used to be obsessed with Ethiopian coffees and then the excitement just faded with time. Kuma Coffee’s Ethiopia Kochere opened my eyes back up again to why I loved Ethiopian coffees in the first place. Case Coffee Roasters sent me a bag of Ethiopia Kochere to try and I was beyond ecstatic to see what it would bring to the table.
17/220g • Grind beans coarser than medium or #24 on Preciso • Time: 1:00 steep (with stir), 45 second press
A citrus note starts to fill my nose and then starts to evolve into what smells like oranges. Next up, white grapes.
The taste begins as a lemon bomb which hits your tongue carrying a decent amount of acidity alongside it.
Before I knew what hit me, a big white tea note comes crashing down on my palate. Quite an intense white tea note at that. As the cup cools, a really nice orange citrus comes through with a sweet chocolate behind. Kind of reminds me of these orange chocolate balls that come around on the holidays.
When the cup gets to room temp and is ice cold (I didn’t forget my coffee) I noticed a nice sized blueberry note beginning to show. It was too bad that the coffee had to be at room temperature to notice it though.
26/340g • Grind beans on fine side or #20 on Preciso • Time: 2:30 including 30 second bloom (enough water to saturate)
The aroma carries a big sweetness. It smells like sugar cane mixed with honey. Underneath there is a white tea play which starts off light and just grows and grows, making itself a big part of what this Kochere has to offer.
The first thing to greet your tastebuds is the biggest white tea play you’ll ever taste. After taking a few sips, I began to taste some chocolate underneath which tasted quite delicious alongside the white tea. As the coffee begins to cool, this is where the cup really opens up with honey, grapes, crisp apples, and a touch of lemon.
Pink lady apple, bergamot citrus peel, milk chocolate ~ Case Coffee Roasters
I’ve tasted Ethiopian coffees that have a nice tea play to them, but this was the most intense I’ve had. Overall, I enjoyed this Kochere more than I thought I would have. The white tea note in this coffee was at first something I wasn’t sure I wanted to taste in my coffee, but its one of those notes that grows on you and becomes the best feature of the coffee.
Being the second Kochere crop I have, both from two different roasters has made me very eager to try more. These two crops had some similarities in taste, along with their differences too, and in the end they were so delicious and so much fun to compare to each other.
Info About This Coffee
Farm/Farmer: Multiple farmers from the Kochere Woreda
Altitude: 1,800–2,000 meters
Varietal: Fully Washed
You can read more about this coffee and purchase here.