Coffee Reviews

Aricha Ethiopia – Littlefoot Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Aricha
  • Roaster
    Littlefoot Coffee Roaster
  • Roaster Location
    Grandville, Michigan
  • Estimated Price
    $19.50 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Peach, lime, rose hips
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Ethiopia Heirloom
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Yirgacheffe
  • Elevation
    1925 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, espresso, Chemex
  • Review Date
    October 5, 2019

Coffee Scoring

9.2
Aroma
10 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
10 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
10 / 10
Cleanliness
9.5 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Aroma
  • Strong peach flavor

Cons
  • Muted acidity

Littlefoot Coffee Roasters is a roaster based in Grandville, Michigan. In addition to possibly having the best name and logo of any roaster I’ve tried to date, they also roast some amazing coffee. I had the opportunity to try their Zalmari, Costa Rica, Aguaytadero, Peru and this Aricha, Ethiopia. I wasn’t planning to feature this coffee because I’ve featured a lot of naturally processed Ethiopians recently. After trying it though, I didn’t have a choice—this coffee was too good not to review.

This is one of those coffees that stops you in your track when you take your first sip. Even before the first sip it caught my attention; the aroma is incredibly sweet with strong notes of peach. Once I did start drinking the coffee, the peach notes come through really prominently with some more subtle floral undertones. As the coffee cools it gets even sweeter and fruitier. This one truly is a fruit bomb.

The body is a bit thinner, but incredibly juicy. The sweetness radiates through almost every element of the coffee and helps bring out the peach notes even more. The coffee has a citrus acidity that is a bit muted for a natural Ethiopian, but still present. The brightness presents itself nicely in the finish, which adds a nice sparkle at the end of each sip.

The Bottom Line

This season has been really strong for naturally processed Ethiopian coffees. I have tried a lot of amazing ones over the past few months and this is clearly one of the best. I savored each cup of this coffee and the day it ran out was truly a sad one. This is a coffee I will definitely be looking to buy again.

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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