Coffee Reviews

Yabitu Koba – Bailies Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Yabitu Koba
  • Roaster
    Bailies Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Estimated Price
    $9.90 / 250 g
  • Flavor Notes
    Apricot, pomegranate, chamomile
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Heirloom
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Guji
  • Elevation
    2160-2320 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, espresso
  • Roast Date
    February 17, 2020
  • Review Date
    February 29, 2020

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
8 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Apricot flavor note
  • Fruity sweetness throughout

Cons
  • Muted aroma

Yabitu Koba is an Ethiopian coffee from the Belfast roaster, Bailies Coffee. I recently had the opportunity to try the coffee through my Yonder subscription.

The coffee began with a fragrance of dried fruit & chocolate. It was a bit lackluster in aromatics, but made up for it in the flavor and other attributes. The flavor had delicious notes of apricot and some subtle berry with a sweet brightness. Yabitu Koba had a tea-like body that was light, but not thin and a fruity sweetness that carried through the entirety of each sip. It has a sweet, floral finish that lingered.

The Bottom Line

The sweetness was really the star of the show with this coffee. It permeated almost every attribute of the coffee and helped unify the coffee. Ethiopia is likely the origin I am most familiar with and yet this coffee felt very unique. The flavor combination and overall profile of the coffee was unlike anything I have tasted recently from Ethiopia and was very enjoyable.

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