Location: Hsinchu, Taiwan
Origin: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia
Est. Price: NT $660/225 grams
Review Date: June 2019
Deeply sweet, intensely pungent. Dark chocolate, pink grapefruit zest, wisteria, maple syrup, myrrh in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet-toned in structure with lively, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long and satisfying: flavor-saturated, floral-, chocolate- and fruit-toned, harmoniously balanced.
Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Direct Coffee, founded in 2005, is a roastery located in the scenic city of Hsinchu, Taiwan. For the past 13 years, Direct Coffee has specialized in searching for high-quality coffee beans and roasting them to display their unique and distinctive characteristics. Visit https://www.directcoffee.com.tw/ for more information.
The Bottom Line: A vibrant, high-toned washed-processed Ethiopia cup with rich floral and citrus tones throughout, all enveloped in dark chocolate.
Taste The Coffee 2019