The honey processed Koke is what got us first loving the Koke Co-op. Fruity, sweet and wild! Although a honey processed, this cup tastes more like a Natural Processed. A very slow dried exotic Honey.
The Koke cooperative was established in 1975, and joined The Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) in 2002. It currently has 1,153 member farmers. All of the members grow their coffee on plots of land under 4 hectares. By joining the YCFCU, the KOKE cooperative has benefited from being a part of a larger cooperative and a network of coffee producers. YCFCU has built schools, helped bring electricity to small villages and communities, and built bridges to make transportation safer and easier.
A very exotic and tasty Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
A very sweet and fruity cup of coffee. Best at a light to medium roast. Good body with some crisp floral tones right upfront. The floral will quickly fade into strong and diverse red fruit tones, more pronounced as the cup cools. The floral/fruit will pull some balance with a chocolaty cup profile as you push into the medium roast levels, just a hint of classic Yirgacheffe tea like spice in the aftertaste.
To see this cup shine, keep it before second crack. Just touching 2nd crack is an easy roast point to hit and still very tasty, a good starting spot if in doubt. Higher chaff and a bit uneven roasting. If shooting lighter, make sure the bulk of beans get through first crack. Setup will smooth it out greatly, hard to wait but we though best on day 3.
Rushad Daruwala –
The roast was very uneven, some beans were dark and others light. The roasted beans did not look promising. Tow days after roasting the beans had a fruity aroma, classic Ethiopian nose. The first cup of drip coffee was delicious. All the right fruit flavors. Also great tasting espresso and americano.
Kal L (verified owner) –
Takes many different roast levels. Many different flavors are possible depending on profile. My preferred roast style and air roast profile for this bean resulted in a citrus milk chocolate BLUEBERRY bomb accented by flowers in the brewed aroma. Has flavors of natural processed Ethiopian coffees but with higher clarity. Does appear to roast a little two-toned but that is just the chaff which gets darker than most of the chaff from other roasts and is shed the darker you roast. If you like natural processed Ethiopian coffees or just chocolatey or blueberry notes in general you owe it to yourself to try this one too.