Coffee Reviews

Wush Wush, Ethiopia – Cirque Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Wush Wush
  • Roaster
    Cirque Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Estimated Price
    $20 / 100g
  • Flavor Notes
    Syrah Wine, plum, candied jasmine
  • Process
    120 hr Anaerobic Fermentation
  • Varieties
    Wush Wush (Heirloom)
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Sidama
  • Elevation
    1900 MASL
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, espresso
  • Roast Date
    January 4, 2020
  • Review Date
    January 11, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.3
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
10 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
10 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Intense in almost every attribute
  • Extremely complex and fun to explore

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

With their funky packaging and special, limited release coffees, Cirque Coffee Roasters has quickly become an iconic brand among coffee enthusiasts since they began roasting in 2016. I recently had the opportunity to try their Wush Wush, Ethiopia, which is one of those coffees you feel privileged to get to try. Not only is the coffee an extremely rare variety, it also uses has an incredibly unique processing—120 hour anaerobic fermentation. Both of these led to one of the most unique coffees I’ve ever tried, as well as a depth of flavor rarely found in even the best coffees.

The coffee begins with an incredibly strong and deeply sweet fragrance of blueberry, banana and sweet cream. Those flavors carried through incredibly well through the flavor where I tasted banana cream, berry, stone fruit and clove. The coffee has an intense brightness from beginning to end with the acidity lingering for what felt like a minute after each sip. It has a creamy, but light body and a nice balance even with the vast amount of complexity. The sweetness of the coffee really stole the show though where the berry sweetness paired with the sweet cream created a really exciting combination.

The Bottom Line

This coffee is an extremely special treat. While the price tag is higher than your average single-origin coffee, its unique flavor and profile makes it 100% worth it.

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