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Ethiopia Misty Valley Yirgacheffe Natural


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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has always been considered one of the fine, heavier-bodied coffees available, but this seems truly supercharged! It starts right out of the grinder with an almost overwhelming aroma. A lot of coffees stimulate your nose only to let your taste buds down, but not so here: this coffee meets and exceeds the expectations. Large is the one best words to describe the Yirgacheffe. Aroma, body (even in a F-A-B roaster), brightness, and complexity are all so strong that it's like trying to balance a boulder on a nail. Perhaps that's overstating it a bit, but if you're looking for a delicate cup of coffee with a lot of subtle nuances, look elsewhere. This is bold: chocolatey with a carmelly texture, heavy fruits and a sweet honeyness.

I know this is a coffee from the Yirgacheffe region, but I would have been just as certain it was a great Harar blended with an outstanding Yemen blended with an outstanding Yirgacheffe. Fruity notes from banana to blueberry to even a hint of strawberry, dark cocoa, nutmeg, and cinnamon; a hint of floral and nutty notes and surprisingly just a whisper of earthiness. I would say that this is the most complex single origin coffee I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. As such, in my experience a lighter roast that keeps the beans out of second crack will preserve the great complexity.

If you like Ethiopian and Yemen coffee, this is a must try. If you had the pleasure of trying the Misty Valley Idido the first time around, you know exactly what I mean.

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryEthiopia
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessNatural
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:5
  • Body:5
  • Aroma:7
  • Complexity:7
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:medium bean
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:medium bean
  • Winey:heavy bean
  • Earthy:-

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by on January 4, 2008

My wife and I have only been brewing for a year, but we bought this coffee based on the review. We were also stunned by the complexity of the coffee. It was really true that you can taste all of those undertones. We were very very impressed. My wife is a Columbian lover, myself lately into Costa Rican, but we both rank this one in our top three! Get it but don't roast to the second crack as it is better to light roast and let it sit about 4 days.

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by on October 17, 2018

Ever since the original "Misty Valley" natural (Ethiopia Organic Idido - Misty Valley) exploded onto the market in 2007, I've been trying to find its equal. See, that first experience ruined me forever. It was highly forgiving, yielding intense blueberry notes across a fairly wide range of roasts. That blueberry essence is what I've chased for the last 11 years. I've roasted a hundred or more Ethiopian lots in that time...washed and natural...and never found its rival. I've never found those flavor notes in any washed Yirgacheffe, and hitting them in naturals is incredibly tricky: FC at most, don't push it into second crack, and try to find the sweet spot...which may be no more than 5 seconds in the roast. I've roasted this lot 4 times, brewed it both cold and conventionally...no blueberries. Didn't even feel like I got close. It's good, sure, a nice example of a natural Yirgacheffe, but it's just not exceptional...to my tastes. You may love it. Only way to know is to try it!

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by on September 7, 2018

This Yirgacheffe lives up to all the 'hype'. Like the other Yirgacheffes we've had over the years, this delivers a full body, complex flavor...From first sip to last. Even as the coffee cools down, it still holds its flavor. For our roasting, we typically take it to ~2 minutes past first crack. Some place between FC and FC+. I agree with the other reviews: you don't want to take this into 2nd crack or beyond. Too much is lost in terms of the complex flavors. One caution: Like with other Ethiopians, there is a lot of chaff. Doesn't effect the flavor, but just be prepared to clean out a lot of chaff from your roaster. ;)

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by on September 6, 2018

Misty is back! The two batches I already roasted have lived up to my memories. The previous batch was not my favorite but this one is almost back to the full blueberry essence that seemed so strong when this was available as an organic bean, many years ago.

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by on January 7, 2019

Beautiful coffee at city to city+ roast. I find it ordinary roasted darker and somewhat bland lighter. Nice chocolate milk and slight earl grey tea notes. Not sure what anonymous is doing to get fruit bombs out of these Ethiopians, as I find them nicely balanced.

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by on January 2, 2019

I was concerned about the quality on the 3rd day after roasting. Bat it hit its stride on the fifth day and equaled my first batch. The next batch I will roast an extta minute.

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by on November 3, 2018

I tried Vienna and Full City, it's Chocolate, balance, but a little bitter and lack of acidity or fruity. I use pour over with Hario V60 dripper.

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by on September 27, 2018

I have tried roasting this bean many different ways and can't seem to find a sweet spot for the roast. Its good, but not $8.25 a pound good. Im roasting it light, but it just never tastes great.. maybe Im doing something wrong.

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by on September 24, 2018

Very nice Thanks

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by on September 6, 2018

Tired of the store-bought Meahhh...Started roasting again...Really liking this Misty Valley...Needs to rest 2 or 3 days after roasting...Shines in a Chemex.

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by on January 10, 2009

This is reall good stuff. After having my first pot I had to order more. Better than the more expensive geshia coffees.

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by on February 24, 2008

This is my favorite coffee in the past 2 years. It has an amazing complexity in tastes and you can vary the taste greatly depending on roast. I like a city+ which give the best definition to the fruit tones. Let it rest at least 48hrs

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by on December 9, 2018

Oh my...when it says "heavy fruits," that's an understatement. I should have avoided this one as well as the other Ethiopian. The fruits are here aren't an undertone: they are smack you in the face, overpowering and blows out every other nuance of this coffee: I've never had anything like it...same with the other Ethiopian. I love a winey flavor in coffee such as a top shelf Kenya has but this is absolutely not that. After drinking less than a cup of this and the other Ethiopian, both went in the trash (and I have never once thrown coffee I roasted in the trash). And I agree with Doug....no hint of even Blueberry...just a sickening, overriding (I guess you can call it) fruitiness that is just flat out nauseating. And I do not know what the issue is with these Ethiopians from CBC...I have roasted many Ethiopians and never had one anywhere near this level of sickening fruit...sorry guys, these are just nasty. Sorry to have wasted the money.

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