Gedeb might be the first coffee I've had from Mountain Air that didn't leave me thinking how good it was...initially. The more I dialed in, let it rest, and took the time to think about what I was tasting in this coffee, the better it got. This washed Ethiopian coffee is light, delicate, floral, and subtle.
Between 5-8 days post roast the coffee was good, but very light, a bit lacking in depth and I was having some trouble pulling balanced tasting shots. However, as this coffee had more rest, closer to 10-13 days post roast, it got sweeter, more balanced, nuanced and really tasty.
Brewed on the 02 size Hario V60, the wet grounds had an overwhelming honey aroma. First sips when hot are floral with subtle honey sweetness. As the coffee cooled, it got more raw sugary sweet, with some juicy cherry limeade like acidity in the finish. I enjoyed these cups brewed at:
- 1 : 15.5 ratio using 203*F water on the Bonavita Digital Kettle
- 3x coffee weight bloom, stirred, 35 seconds
- Pour to about 100 grams short of your final yield, stir
- Finish pouring
- Total brew time was 3:30 using the newer style tabbed V60 filters
As espresso, I had almost given up entirely until the last bit of this coffee I had left just started tasting very good. That cherry limeade juicy sweetness in the finish came through big to round out a honeysuckle like sweetness from the first sips. With rest, this coffee became smoother, more balanced and less astringent. These favorite shots were pulled at:
- 18.7 grams in an 18 gram VST basket
- 3 second preinfusion, 30 seconds with pump on, and 3 second ramp down at the end (about a 37-40 second shot time) using 199*F water
- 38 grams yield and let cool for a few minutes
I did make a cappuccino with this coffee but really found it got lost in milk, and that it was kind of a disservice to this coffee. I should make clear that despite my initial hesitation with this coffee, it was good all along, just not as good as it ended up being once it got some rest. For those that like lightly roasted coffees that aren't underdeveloped acid bombs, this one is a great example.
Mountain Air sells 250 gram bags, shipping is always free, and if you buy 4 or more bags there is a 30% discount. I picked up two of these bags and two of the Kenyan, so this coffee ended up being $9.49 for 250 grams or about $18.50 for over a pound, which is really exceptional given the quality of this coffee.