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Ethiopian Queen City Harrar


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Harrar is known as "the coffee of kings," grown in the original coffee country and dried naturally on the trees. This adds a wildness to the cup which is also spicy, fruity and flowery, quite complex. This coffee is versatile, with something good to offer across the entire roast spectrum. Some compare it to Mocca; I call it a work of art...with an attitude.

The aroma will get your attention first: hints of blueberries, strawberries, peaches and cinnamon (they should make this into a cereal). The taste is what your nose has prepared you for, but overtly wild and earthy with excellent balance. This new crop really blew me away with exactly how balanced it is. The outstanding fruitiness is still there in great measure, but the lower-tones of chocolate and earth really compliment it more than any Harar in recent memory. Its brightness really shines while it's still hot but does ebb as the temperature cools, especially in darker roasts.

This coffee is very versatile. In Paris, I had this coffee as a single origin espresso in typical French long shots. I still get tingly remembering it.

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • Brightness:5
  • Body:4
  • Aroma:6
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:-
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:heavy bean
  • Altitude (meters)1,200-2,100
  • ProcessNatural
  • RegionHarari People's Regional State
  • VarietyIndigenous heirloom
  • DryingSun dried

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by on April 16, 2018

One of my Ethiopian friends buys me green beans from the Ethiopian grocery store but I got a gift certificate from here for a retirement gift so decided to try it. I roasted it about 12 seconds into second crack before cooling and it was delicious. Oily by the end of the pound, just a little oil the first couple days after roasting, very rich and deep of favorites.

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by on January 10, 2018

This coffee brews as described and is a nice, complex combination of fruit and earthiness. The earthiness gives it a richness compared to Ethiopians with a more clean cup profile and tea-like mouthfeel. A lighter roast part way through first crack brought out the origin flavors best while taking it through first crack emphasizes sweetness and chocolates. I may try to mix the two for a nice melange.

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by on May 20, 2018

Great coffee; I like it a lot. The flavor and aroma of this coffee is complex and unique. Tasted good even hot or cold.

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