Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Wild Horse Natural – West Oak Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Wild Horse Natural
  • Roaster
    West Oak Horse Natural
  • Roaster Location
    Denton, Texas
  • Estimated Price
    $18.75 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Blueberry, Willy Wonka, assam
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Ethiopian Heirloom
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Various
  • Elevation
    Various
  • Producer
    Smallholder farmers
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, espresso
  • Roast Date
    January 28, 2020
  • Review Date
    February 15, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
8.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
9.5 / 10
Pros
  • Fruit bomb
  • Strong aroma

Cons
  • Lacks complexity

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This is the second coffee I’ve had the opportunity to try from West Oak and another coffee courtesy of my Crema.co subscription.

The coffee is a true fruit bomb from beginning to end. It begins with a strong aroma filled with blueberry sweetness. The aroma also reminded me of rock candy from when I was a kid. The flavor is a blueberry fruit bomb through and through. There are other berry notes mixed in, but besides that, I had a hard time tasting anything else. If you enjoy a fruit-forward coffee though as I do, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The acidity is strong and bright as you’d expect in a naturally processed coffee, but also well-balanced. It has a smooth, medium body and a sugar cane sweetness. The aftertaste is fairly quick, but bright. The coffee works well in a variety of pour over methods and was a delicious espresso filled with similar berry notes.

The Bottom Line

Naturally processed Ethiopian coffees that contain strong notes of berry and high acidity are some of my favorite. As a result, I really enjoyed this coffee. There is no denying though that this coffee lacks some of the complexity you’d usually expect in a high-end coffee simply because it is so overpowered by its berry notes.

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