Flavor Notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Jasmine
Washed Process - Light Roast
This coffee was sourced for our manager to use in a brewers competition. We chose this washed Ethiopian coffee for it’s perfumed florals, balance of sweetness and acidity. This coffee is the best washed Ethiopian we have ever had, bar none. Yes, this is another washed Ethiopian coffee that tastes like flowers, some stone fruit, and is tea like but this coffee is what you wish all other washed Ethiopians tasted like.
This coffee has a bit of a back story, if you aren’t super nerdy about coffee or don’t care about coffee competitions you can skip this section. The road to the U.S. Brewer’s Cup is long. There are 10 preliminary competitions to get a spot in the two regional competitions in Nashville and Sumner, WA. The top 12 at each regional competition go on to compete at the national level of the U.S. Brewer’s Competition.
Austin was headed to Nashville, he needed a coffee to use and said “I miss those crazy floral Ethiopian coffees”. This is that coffee, we sourced it through Coffee Shrub and they scored it 92.2, we got it with only a little over a month to spare before competition. Started profiling instantly, we learned as much as we could right off the bat and then started trying to highlight what made this coffee super special. Before too long stars were aligning and right out of the cooling tray we were gobsmacked at the amount of lavender and sweet bergamot we were able to clearly smell all across the shop. This was it, we nailed the roast profile and were confident that the coffee was on par with the best of the best. Now it was up to Austin to get his brewing and presentation down and the kid is a natural. He scored incredibly well across the board, only got deducted some points for spilling some water.
With this coffee Austin Bowers got 7th place in regional and is now competing in the United States Brewer’s Cup in February. Austin and this coffee have proven to be in the top 24 for brewer’s cup this year in the U.S. this coffee is fantastic and we are so excited to have the chance to share it with all of you.
Austin did a great job of practicing to get the best he could out of it for competition but that doesn’t mean that this coffee is only going to be superb by the best of the best baristas. This coffee works really well across the board, it works at multiple ratios and brew methods but we have found that 17:1 ratio works best for us and Austin is using the Origami method but we use a Kalitta in shop and get awesome results.
Get this spectacular competition coffee while you can, it really won’t last too long.