Ethiopia Chelelektu at Chinatown Coffee Co.

Roaster: Heart Coffee RoastersChelelektu
Retailer: Chinatown Coffee Co. (DC)
Beans: Ethiopia Chelelektu, Yirgacheffe
Roast: Medium-light
Brew Method: Pour-over

Wow. That was my thought after inhaling the aroma of this coffee. The scent was both citrusy and floral, and it was an exciting indication of what was to come. I wasn’t disappointed! The taste of these fully-washed beans bounced around my mouth after each sip. I had never tasted a coffee with such bold floral notes, and it was certainly very interesting and pleasing. Although the lavender flavor prevailed, the sides and tip of my tongue felt the lingering citrus flavor. There was a slight cacao taste in the background. Typical of the Yirgacheffe beans, this coffee was a blend of floral and fruity, in a most pleasing way.

Fun fact: Wet processed (or washed) coffee cherries have been soaked in water to soften and remove the fleshy material on the fruit. This type of processing produces a “clean cup” of brewed coffee, and it is common for Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee. Wet processed coffee is usually higher in acidity and has a more floral flavor than dry-processed coffee.


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