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Ethiopia Degafe Burka Natural – Red Rooster Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Ethiopia Degafe Burka Natural – Red Rooster Coffee

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Degafe Burka Natural
  • Roaster
    Red Rooster Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Floyd, Virginia
  • Estimated Price
    $22 / 8oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Tangerine marmalade, black tea with honey, lychee, and an orange blossom honey
  • Process
    Natural
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Demeka Becha, Bona Zuria, Sidama
  • Elevation
    2100-2200 MASL
  • Producer
    Degafe Burka
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Flower, AeroPress, iced v60, espresso
  • Roast Date
    March 25, 2021
  • Review Date
    April 10, 2021

Coffee Scoring

9.3
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
10 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9.5 / 10
Pros
  • Sweet, berry forward profile
  • Beautiful expression of a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee

In Ethiopia, small coffee producers usually group their harvests with other local farms at washing stations to form larger community lots. Isolating coffee down to a single farm is very rare and difficult to do in Ethiopia. Red Rooster worked with Catalyst Trade, to help Degafe Burka, the producer of this coffee, separate his coffee into a single farm nano-lot. Degafe was paid a premium for his coffee and Red Rooster is returning 25% of the profits from every sale back to Degafe. When I heard the incredible story of this coffee, I knew I had to buy a bag—and I’m really glad I did.

The coffee began with a sweet honey fragrance of berries. The flavor was incredibly fruit-forward and reminded me of blueberry, raspberry and stone fruit. There was a silky smooth mouthfeel and a light body. The strong, almost sharp acidity was exactly what I expected from a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee and was balanced with a strong, yet slightly delicate berry honey sweetness. The aftertaste featured lingering sweetness & acidity, but rounded out as the coffee cooled. I really enjoyed this coffee in a variety of brew methods from the clean, crisp pour over to bright, fragrant iced flash brew to the sweet, blueberry-forward espresso—it really could do it all.

The Bottom Line

This coffee fit my favorite profile of a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee perfectly. It was sweet, berry-forward and delicious. I loved reading about its story and was proud to helps support Degafe Burka through my purchase. I can’t wait to try additional nano-lot coffees from Ethiopian now as well.

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