Caffe Pronto Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere District - an interesting coffee.

October 21, 2011

Caffe Pronto Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere District


What I am drinking now might be a bit of a misnomer.  In some sense this is more what my wife is drinking now.  I drink much more espresso than brewed coffee, but my wife prefers brewed coffee.  I am taking advantage of some of the offerings on Roaste to try to find new coffees for her to drink as well as for me to drink.  


I decided this coffee made sense because it was billed as having won the 2011 US Brewer’s cup championship.  That seems like a great review to me.

http://www.roaste.com/product/Caffe-Pronto/Ethiopia-Yirgacheffe-Kochere-...


The coffee is officially listed as a medium roast, but it is on the light side.  It is interesting to compare this to Velton’s Bonsai Blend because it is also listed as medium and there is no comparison.  Anyone could pick out which was which just based on color.  


The thing that strikes me on this coffee is how uncanny the description is.  The coffee is billed as having “Tea Rose, Pine and Bergamot Aromatics, Mandarin Orange, and Honey with great complexity and a toffee finish.”


I do not think I have ever had a coffee that was so well nailed in its description.  The honey screams out at you as does the toffee finish.  The other traits are there, too.  The separation of flavors is impressive.  


I liked it more than my wife did because she does not tend to like light or even medium roasts.  She agreed that it had lots of interesting things going on in it and thought she might love it blended with a darker roast, but it was not enough to convince her to change her mind about dark roasts being her favorite.


I like lighter roasts and enjoyed it quite a bit.  If I preferred brewed coffee over espresso I would order this often.  It is truly unique, but it is not a chocolate comfort blend by any stretch of the imagination.


I did try it in espresso and my initial reaction is that it is best brewed, but that tends to be true for me in general.  I rarely like a roast that is made for brewed coffee as much fore espresso as for brewed.

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