Coffee: Cherizena Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Coffee Review

4.0 stars

When I started review coffees here, it was from a position of substantial ignorance. Although I’d been drinking more and more of it, thanks to our work coffee club, trying a new coffee was always a bit of a leap into the unknown – especially as virtually every brand claims to be “rich, smooth and satisfying” or other such non-informative marketingspiel.

However, I’m now starting to occasionally approach a new coffee with an expectation – not only, for example, do I know that Yirgacheffe is a small town in southern Ethiopia, but I also know roughly the sort of taste I should be expecting from it. Which leaves me rather eager to try today’s coffee!

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This is Cherizena‘s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (named, presumably, to distinguish it from all the other Yirgacheffes around the world).

The dark grounds have an alluring aroma of light fruit, with a definite lime citrus flower tone in the background. Underneath that is just a hint of bitter, black chocolate – the 95% stuff without a hint of sweetness in it.

Brewed, the fruit is somehow a little less ripe, the chocolate a little more free and there’s just a touch of cold cigarette ash. As with the dry grounds, there’s not even a hint of sweetness to the aroma.

In the mouth, it’s deeply satisfying – a full, rounded mouthfeel with a richer, riper red fruit flavour, a warm gently roasted tone and a beautifully subtle bitter undercurrent that lingers just perfectly and leaves you with a slightly tannic finish.

Smooth and full flavoured without being overly rich, this easily earns 4 stars.

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