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Episode 502: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chirinku Washed

June 23, 2018
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This is a washed lot produced at Chirinku mill, just south of the town of Yirgacheffe. It's run by Girma Gurara and receives deliveries from around 700 local growers.

The altitude of the mill is 2,140 m.a.s.l. with most growers who deliver to the mill being based at around 1,900 - 2,150 m.a.s.l.

This is a classic Yirgacheffe both in how it has been produced and how it tastes, which we selected on the cupping table based on that profile. Unfortunately when we choose coffees in this way we can end up a little short on information about the coffee itself (as you can see above) but we really think this coffee doesn't need very many words alongside it...once it's in your cup we hope you'll taste just why went for it!

In the cup expect a mug of Earl Grey. There's black tea and bergamot oil with delicate florals over the top. On the finish the sweetness really kicks in with subtly malty notes.

  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Region: Yirgacheffe
  • Mill: Chirinku
  • Owner: Girma Gurara
  • Mill altitude: 2,140 m.a.s.l.
  • Varietal: Indigenous Wild Varietals
Processing: Washed
  • Farm altitude: 1,900 - 2,150 m.a.s.l.
  • Producers: 650-750 with an average farm size of 2 hectares
  • Soil: Fertile, red brown, well-drained and to 1.5m depth
  • Rainfall: 1,800 - 2,000 mm avg per annum


Earl Grey, black tea, bergamot oil, floral, malty.

Clean cup: (1–8): 7
Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
Acidity: (1–8): 6
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
Flavour: (1–8): 7
Aftertaste: (1–8): 6.5
Balance: (1–8): 7
Overall: (1–8): 6.5
Correction:(+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 89

Roasting Information
Medium - take this through first (but not too quickly) dropping it at the end of first or just into the gap, no more.

"Quick Look" Guide
Earl Grey, black tea, bergamot oil, floral, malty.