I couldn’t be more thankful to Venia Coffee for sending me some coffee with my order recently. If it wasn’t for them I would probably never have tried their Sumatra Aceh Takengon which means it would never have hit my “most memorable coffees of 2012″ list. Wait, did I just spoil that?
Next up on the list to try is their Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. Here’s another spoiler. This isn’t your usual big fruity and tea-like coffee you’ve come to know from Ethiopian Coffees.
Instead, this is more of… Well just read and find out!
21/348g • Grind beans on medium side or #22 on Virtuoso • Pour in enough water to saturate • Start timer and let bloom for 30 seconds • Pulse pour for 2:30 • Drain for 30 seconds • Total time: 3:30
While brewing I smelt a hefty wave of spice, and then a note that smelt familiar, but something I couldn’t seem to place my finger on. It took a few moments, but I realized it had a ginger like aroma.. Soon the spices past and I found myself smelling a vanilla/chocolate combination along with a light wave of lemon. This coffee felt slightly bourbon like. I ended up sneaking a peak at the bag only to realize it smelt a lot like what they described. You don’t have this happen (at least for me) where you and the roaster notice the same things.
The first sip is just to put it simply… So smooth, and decedent. I could just stop right there. This coffee is heavenly with its smooth velvety body, the sweetness of vanilla, light ginger, chocolate in the finish and an overall bourbon feel to it.
Clever Coffee Dripper:
24/345.6g • Grind beans on coarse side or #24 on Virtuoso • Pour in 48g or enough water to saturate grounds • Start timer and bloom for 30 seconds • Pour remaining water • Stir • Steep for 2 minutes • Stir again • Drain • Total time: 2:30
The Clever Dripper seemed to revive this coffee after two weeks old. I found a hefty spice that came out almost immediately. As soon as the spice passed, I found some mild ginger play lingering around along with some blueberry and vanilla hints. As the coffee cooled more the blueberry note came through a little clearer.
You can tell the coffee has aged, but overall its still holding up pretty well considering.
Vanilla, Lemon-Lime, Red Fruit, and subtle notes of Ginger, with a tea-like finish. ~ Venia Coffee
This Ethiopian coffee really packes a punch. Heavy spice, so smooth and velvety, so bourbon like and so delicious.
I’ll take this over the usual big fruity and tea-like Ethiopians we’ve all come to expect from the Ethiopian region.
Info About This Coffee
Farm/Farmer: Adulina Collective
Altitude: 1700-2100 Meters
You can read more about this coffee and purchase here.