Ethiopia Tibe Haro – Messenger Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Ethiopia Tibe Haro - Messenger Coffee

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Tibe Haro
  • Roaster
    Messenger Coffee Co Ethiopia Tibe Haro – Messenger Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Kansas City, MO
  • Estimated Price
    $22.00 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Pink Lemonade acidity, candy like sweetness with a lingering white wine finish
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    74110, 74112 and Local Landraces
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Uraga
  • Producer
    Hana Asrat
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Flower, Kōno, espresso, flash brew
  • Roast Date
    June 14, 2021
  • Review Date
    July 26, 2021

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
8.5 / 10
Pros
  • Layering of flavors
  • Sweet citrus acidity

Messenger Coffee is a roaster based in Kansas City. They likely have one of the best cafe spaces I’ve ever been to with three stories of well-designed space, paired with a bakery and an open-air balcony that overlooks the city—overall, it is simply amazing. When I saw this washed Ethiopian highlighted on their email with pink lemonade acidity, candy like sweetness and a lingering white wine finish, I was incredibly intrigued and knew I had to give it a try.

The coffee began with a rich fragrance with notes that reminded me of sweet mint, subtle berry, chocolate and dried fruit. The flavor was delicate with notes of lemon citrus, melon and subtle chocolate & floral notes. The coffee had a surprisingly rich body that was lush & silky and paired with a balanced acidity that was sweet citrus-toned. The sweetness definitely was candy-like with a melon/citrus centered quality to it. The finish was creamy, but a bit dry. The coffee had a lovely layering of flavors and a nice complexity. It performed well in every pour over brewer I threw at it and was a real treat when brewed as a flash brew.

The Bottom Line

This washed Ethiopian coffee was a treat. It was complex, sweet and delicious, while also being balanced and incredibly drinkable. I think this is an Ethiopian coffee that would appeal to a wide swath of coffee lovers.

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