Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia – Keramo Honey – Theory Collaborative

Andrew Pautler

Ethiopia Keramo Honey - Theory Collaborative

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia - Keramo Honey
  • Roaster
    Theory Collaborative
  • Roaster Location
    Redding, California
  • Estimated Price
    $19.75 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Watermelon candy, lavender, sweet apple
  • Process
    Honey
  • Varieties
    Ethiopian Heirloom
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Sidama
  • Elevation
    1900-2100 MASL
  • Producer
    Keramo Village
  • Roast
    Light / Medium
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Flair espresso, Flower dripper, Origami
  • Roast Date
    June 29, 2020
  • Review Date
    July 4, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.2
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
10 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Incredibly sweet coffee
  • Unique fruit flavor combinations

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I was a huge fan of Theory’s Guatemala-Guayabales I tried a few months back, so I was excited to try their honey-processed Ethiopian coffee I had heard great things about from multiple friends in the coffee community. Naturally processed Ethiopian coffees are some of my favorite, but I am not sure I have ever tried a honey-processed one before.

The coffee begins with a strong, sweet and creamy fragrance with notes of chocolate and strawberries. At the bloom, I smelled an eruption of sweetness with notes of berries and cherries. The flavor of this coffee was simply delicious; it was filled with an incredibly crisp, almost candy-like sweetness. I tasted notes that reminded me of strawberries, raspberries and some other sweet fruit notes I had a hard time identifying. There were subtle floral undertones throughout, but they were secondary to the strong fruit notes that dominated the flavor. As the coffee cooled, a watermelon sweetness became more pronounced and almost reminded me of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. The acidity carried throughout and was strong, yet balanced. The sweetness and acidity linger a long time in the aftertaste leaving your mouth wanting more after each sip.

The Bottom Line

Keramo Honey was an amazing coffee. It was delicious, incredibly sweet and a lot of fun to explore. The play between the sweetness, fruit notes and floral notes created a great combination. I can’t wait to see what I try next from Theory.

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