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Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere – Chronicle Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere from Chronicle Coffee Roasters

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere
  • Roaster
    Chronicle Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Flavor Notes
    Jasmine, lemon, peach, vanilla
  • Process
    Fully washed, dried on raised beds
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Yirgacheffe
  • Elevation
    1900 MASL
  • Producer
    Matewos Ersemo
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex
  • Review Date
    May 9, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Great flavor combination
  • Lemon drop flavor at bloom

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

Chronicle Coffee Roasters is a father-son, family roaster based in Calgary, Canada that is just entering the US market. Chronicle Coffee supports a variety of charities with their proceeds including Food for Farmers, Coffee Lands. Pueblo a Pueblo and Grounds for Health. Fun fact about Chronicle is that they roast at 3800 feet above sea level, which leads to a shorter roast time because of the air pressure, which can bring out more flavor in the coffee.

I had the opportunity to try a variety of their coffees recently and really was drawn to this light roasted Ethiopian. The coffee has a chocolate and sweet citrus fragrance that erupted with a lemon drop sweetness at first bloom. In the flavor I tasted sweet notes of honey, vanilla, citrus and floral. The coffee continued to evolve as it cooled and became sweeter and sweeter. It had a thick, creamy body and a very balanced brightness—much more muted than many other Ethiopian coffees. The sweetness was creamy with subtle notes of citrus that lingered into an otherwise quick finish.

The Bottom Line

This coffee had a beautiful flavor combination that evolved with every sip. It was balanced and more approachable than many other Ethiopian coffees and would be a great option for someone just getting started with African coffees.

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