Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Daratu – Garland Coffee Company

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Daratu Natural
  • Roaster
    Garland Coffee Company
  • Roaster Location
    Sedona, Arizona
  • Estimated Price
    $19.00 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Blueberry, chocolate, honeydew and candy-like sweetness
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Heirloom Ethiopian varietals
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Daratu Village, Yirgacheffe
  • Elevation
    1700-2200 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, espresso
  • Roast Date
    September 25, 2019
  • Review Date
    October 12, 2019

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
10 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
8.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
8.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9.5 / 10
Pros
  • Fits well into the classic profile for naturally-processed Ethiopian coffee
  • Aroma
  • Approachable

Cons
  • Fits into standard mold, so lacks a bit of surprise

This coffee is a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee from the Daratu Village in the Yirgacheffe region. This coffee fits the traditional mold a dry-processed Ethiopian coffee almost perfectly. It is sweet, fruit-forward & bright—and exceptionally delicious.

When I opened the bag, a strong fragrance of blueberry notes hit me right away. Below the fruit notes are notes of nuts and milk chocolate. The aroma is big, bold, sweet and was one of my favorite attributes of the coffee. As I began to drink the coffee, the blueberry notes recede just a bit and the chocolate notes become more prominent (though as the coffee cools the blueberry notes shoot right back to the forefront).

Ethiopia Daratu has a nice, balanced acidity that is much more approachable than your normal naturally processed coffee. It isn’t as intense and in your face as they tend to be sometimes. I actually prefer a stronger acidity, but for people not as familiar with this style the level of acidity in this coffee is much better.

The Bottom Line

This is a very approachable naturally processed Ethiopian coffee that gives you want you expect in a coffee of this style. It is a great option for anyone who enjoys this style and especially anyone who is interested in exploring it for the first time given how approachable it is.

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

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