The last of the colorful coffees in this run is this fantastic washed coffee from the Kochere district of the Gedeo region of Ethiopia. Described as having a syrupy body with amazing delicate undertones and notes of supple milk chocolate, ripe cherry, early grey tea, and berries.
Upon opening the bag of milk chocolate and blueberry scent is immediately apparent. The coffee worked well as both espresso and pourover each taking a bit of a different life. As espresso the coffee really focused on the milk chocolate body and blueberry tartness and sweetness in the finish. As brewed coffee, the earl grey tea provided a bit more nuance, subtle spice, and those nuanced undertones. Brew recipes for each were pretty straight forward:
- 18 grams in : 37-39 grams out
- 38-32 seconds @ 200*F
Brewed on Hario V60 02 Size:
- 1 : 16.5 ratio using 200*F water
- 3x dry coffee weight agitated bloom for 35 seconds
- Steadily pour to about 225 grams for a 20 gram dose, stir
- Remaining pours to maintain that water level, final brew time 3:00 to 3:15
The coffee did hold up in milk drinks, though it was difficult to get myself to add any milk to it being very balanced, nuanced, interesting, and very enjoyable. I loved that this coffee had the rich sweetness of a naturally processed Ethiopian and the subtle complexity of a washed coffee.
$18 for a 12 ounce bag, with free shipping on orders over $50 from Ruby Coffee Roasters.