I recently acquired a pair of Ethiopian coffees from Pirates of Coffee. First, the roaster might sound familiar. I was introduced to Pirates last summer (and you can read my original review here). So, without further delay, let’s dive in.
Ethiopia, Yirfacheppe Apicha
My personal favourite of the two, this roast was a little more subdued and fruit-forward on the nose. It was very light and bouncy on the tongue with an abundance of fruit notes, including mixed berry, peach, and perhaps even some apple. There’s a certain richness on the back-end that takes this roast from a light-medium roast to a medium-dark. Overall it was a very solid coffee! Something I’ve come to expect from Pirates of Coffee.
Ethiopia, Orania, Guji Zone
The aroma on this particular roast was very light and smooth, with notes of caramel coming through on the nose. In terms of taste, the caramel really comes through up front. The caramel mingles with a fruitiness (peach/strawberry) which ups the sweetness of the roast. This then fades into a richer butterscotch. However, I did also get a certain spiciness here which really helped break up the sweetness of the coffee.
Overall, two very solid choices! Thanks for these, Pirates!