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Ethiopia Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

Ethiopian Rocko Mountain Reserve Coffee

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Taste


This delicious natural-processed coffee comes from small-holdings based around the Rocko Mountain in Haricha Woreda, Yirgacheffe. It is strongly aromatic of honeysuckle and bergamot. The taste has great balance with ripe strawberry, blueberry muffin and lasting coffee/chocolate/mocha.


Rocko Mountain is one of the highest scoring speciality coffees we stock and is a firm favourite here at the roastery.


Facts


Many people believe that Ethiopia is the birth-place of the Arabica coffee tree. The tree grows best at heights of 1,200-1,800 metres and the main crop is from October to December. Our Yirgacheffe is planted on small coffee farms, usually no larger than a hectare. This makes it possible for the farmers to take more precise care of their plantation, noticeable by the delicate flavours and aroma the coffee gives off in your cup. The Yirgacheffe is washed in the same manner as the Sidamo during preparation, a method only used for the best kinds of coffee.

Description

Taste

This delicious natural-processed coffee comes from small-holdings based around the Rocko Mountain in Haricha Woreda, Yirgacheffe. It is strongly aromatic of honeysuckle and bergamot. The taste has great balance with ripe strawberry, blueberry muffin and lasting coffee/chocolate/mocha.

Rocko Mountain is one of the highest scoring speciality coffees we stock and is a firm favourite here at the roastery.

Facts

Yirgacheffe is both a town and grade of coffee in Ethiopia. The town itself is located in the Gedeo zone in the Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) in Southern Ethiopia. More than any other country, Ethiopia has a broad genetic diversity among its coffee varieties, with each type having distinctive taste, shape and colour. As a result, each region in the country can offer a different flavour profile, forming the grading system for Ethiopian coffees e.g. Sidamo, Harrar, Limu, Djimmah etc. It is widely argued that a Yirgacheffe grade coffee can offer one of the most distinctive favour profiles in the world with pungent oral aroma and intense citrus flavour.

Processing in Yirgacheffe can take the form of both washed and natural, with most of the coffee growing at over 2000 metres above sea level. Much of the coffee grown in Ethiopia is done so using traditional methods, under shade trees alongside other crops and without the use of chemicals. Coffee from Yirgacheffe is often referred to as ‘garden coffee’ as it is grown on very small plots, often in the back yard of small dwellings.

Working in partnership with Addis Exporter, a business with more than 100 years’ experience
in exporting high quality coffee from Ethiopia, we have been able to select an incredible natural processed coffee from smallholders based around the Rocko Mountain in the Haricha Woreda, Yirgacheffe. These smallholder farmers have hand-picked their cherries and sold them to a local trader who oversees the processing and sorting before selling the beans to the ECX who grade the beans according to SCAA standards. Addis Exporter then purchase the top quality lots from the ECX and select the best for their ‘Rocko Mountain Reserve’.

This year, Falcon Specialty Coffee have decided to include a donation to the ‘Girls Gotta Run Foundation’ in the price paid for our Rocko Mountain Reserve. This is a non-profit organisation that empowers girls in Ethiopia through running and education. 

 


 

Location:        Haricha Woreda, Godeo Zone, Ethiopia
Altitude:         1950-2150 masl
Processing:   Natural 
Varietal:          Hierloom

Details

Flavour Profiles Chocolate, Plum & Berries, Sweet
Roast Profile We roast this to a light/medium level which in relative temperature terms is quite low as the Ethiopian's are extremely sensitive. This really brings out the best balance of flavours as the sweetness matches the acidity and a little choc/mocha creeps in.
Cupping Notes

1. Acidity - refined and bright think strawberry's and a hint of apple.

2. Sweetness - bursting with sweetness at this roast.

3. Body - Good body, buttery smooth on the tongue.

4. Balance - At this roast it's just right, nothing overpowers apart from that amazing aroma.

5. Character - Rich & smooth, floral like a perfume with fruity notes and a smooth mocha-choc after-taste.

This is a one of our top coffees, you can almost taste it's history and legend.

Origin Notes

An Ethiopian legend tells of a young shepherd named Kaldi and his herd of goats, and how one day they unexpectedly came across a dozen little trees with many red cherries. They were not ordinary cherries, for when his herd ate these cherries they became exceptionally awake and lively. Even Kaldi tried the cherries and was very pleased with the fact that they gave him enough energy to watch his goats more carefully throughout the night. One day Kaldi told a monk of this unordinary fruit. Shortly after that all the monks were eating these magnificent cherries, and enjoying their power to replenish.

Many people believe that Ethiopia is the birth place of the Arabica-coffee-tree. The tree grows best at heights of 1,200-1,800 meters. The main crop is from October to December. Only 2% of the crops are owned by the government. Almost half of the population works for some sort of coffee farm. Therefore coffee plays a big role in the Ethiopian economy. 98% of Ethiopian coffee (of which our Yirgacheffe also belongs to) is planted by small coffee farms, whose farms are no larger than a hectare. This makes it possible for the farmers to take more precise care of their plantation. This is later noticeable with the aroma the coffee gives off in your cup.

The Yirgacheffe carries the name of its origin which lies in the southern portion of Ethiopia and over the region of Sidamo. The Yirgacheffe is washed in the same manner as the Sidamo during the preparation. This method is only used for the best kinds of coffee.

Cup: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is unique in that its smell is very flowery and fruity which initializes its very distinct taste. Shortly after this aroma passes, the mild but full coffee aroma arrives accompanied by a few light fruity touches to the mouth.

Delivery

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Delivery - Europe

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0-500g £6.00

501g - 1kg £9.00

1kg - 1.5kg £13.00

Delivery - USA & Canada

American and Canadian orders will be restricted to a maximum weight of 1.5kg.

Delivery is charged by weight (product + packaging) at:

0-500g £9.50

501g - 1kg £15.00

1kg - 1.5kg £21.00

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Reviews

Great flavour - Strawberry with a hint of liquorice
By
Enjoying this one today, a little acidic, a great fruity strawberry flavour and a hint of liquorice. Not so pleasant on the nose, but love the flavour.
A WOW when blended
By
This coffee by itself, with its floral and intense flavours at the top of the nose, smells and tastes wonderful, and different.

Possibly a bit too intense, so I started to mix it 50/50 with the Rwandan Ngoma which made for, in my opinion, a much more palatable drink to savour. It added a wow factor to the Rwandan, which itself toned down the tang of the Ethiopian.

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