This offering continues to impress week after week. We've been brewing it at the shops as our single-origin espresso offering and it is such a stunner both in milk drinks and as a straight shot. The floral qualities come through on the nose and the tail end of each sip, with a tea-like texture and a medley of citrus, grape and lavender filling the palette.
This is a Grade 1 washed processed coffee from the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). The majority of coffees from Ethiopia are sold through the ECX - with exception to cooperatives and privately owned estates. The ECX will then categorize coffees by grade, region and the station in which it was taken for milling.
We were lucky to get our hands on this stunning coffee from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. Through the years, Yirgacheffe has become a brand name in the coffee world, known for the intense, complex flavour profiles of the heirloom varietals growing wild here in the highlands. This coffee was milled at the Aricha washing station - formerly known as the highly coveted Misty Valley.
We're really excited to be able to feature the Aricha on our menu this year. A fresh-crop coffee that has tasted stunning on a variety of brew methods. We've been playing with the Aricha on the espresso machine and we're finding it fantastic in milk - think stewed fruits and cream. Since this is such a versatile coffee, we've also been playing around on the Aeropress and the Hario V60 and we've found a very complex, mixture of citrus fruits, floral qualities and loads of sweetness!
Tasting Notes: Concord Grape, Orange Pekoe, Lavender