The Salvation Edition is made with 100% Single Origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Arabica Coffee. Ethiopia is believed to be the birthplace of coffee (see the article on “The Legend of Coffee”). The Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is considered by many to be the finest Ethiopian coffee. This intense feeling coffee enhances the palate with its' very distinctive floral bouquet, rich body, a pleasingly fragrant aroma and with a smooth mellowness that's unique unto itself. The Yirgacheffe bean Faith Brew uses is of the Heirloom varietal.
More about the Bean
- Growing Altitude: 1,800 – 1,900 meters above sea level
- Arabica Variety: Heirloom
- Harvest Period: October – December
- Milling Process: Wet-processed (Washed), Sun-dried
- Aroma: Floral, Sweet, Bright
- Flavour: Complex, Fruity, Floral, Lemon, Notes of berries.
Yirgacheffe coffee is a wet processed (washed) coffee which is considered the best high grown coffee in southern Ethiopia, an exotic coffee region known for fine coffees. The growing altitude elevations qualify Yirgacheffe as Strictly High Grown (SHG) / Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) coffee. This is where coffees grow slowly due to the altitude, allowing additional time for the tree to deliver nutrients to the coffee and develop the best flavours.
Tasting the Cup
A fine Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee displays a bright acidity along with intense, clean tastes and a complexity of floral notes in the aroma. Cupping notes frequently mention the aftertaste being vibrant and bright and the coffee may exhibit undertones of berries.
Faith Brew roasts the Salvation Edition / Yirgacheffe to a light - medium roast, or a City Roast as per the National Coffee Association’s Roast Guide. The medium roast is deemed best to allow its delicate qualities to shine, to allow the floral notes to pop and to enhance the coffee’s bright acidity.
Freshly ground Yirgacheffe allows you to experience the full flavours and experience. Brew methods listed in range of preference for this coffee include:
- Espresso – Excellent crema, medium body, low on bitterness and good level of acidity. The final cup is very clean tasting and very forgiving to a barista still learning the trade. Manual brewing though brings out the best in the Yirgacheffe. The biggest reason for rating espresso as the best brewing result is the fantastic consistency this coffee has given over the last few years…very important to keep your customers happy.
- V60 Drip Over / French Press – Tie. The V60 will highlight those fruity notes and give you a clean cup, letting the acidity shine through. The V60 highlights the Yirgacheffe’s lemon acidity. A French Press brings out the fruity Yirgacheffe flavours but does produce a sweeter coffee.
- AeroPress – The AeroPress produces a very bright and delicate cup with intense acidity with good florals and perfume-like notes on the nose.
There you have it, a very good all-rounder been that shines in most brewing methods. It gives a perfect cup which can satisfy any coffee snob, or general consumer. It never disappoints…