Lyula AA 2019
Origin: Songwe, Tanzania
Producers: Lyula Amcos Cooperative
Cup Score (Importer): 88
Average Coop Member Farm Size: 1.6 Hectares
Lyula AA is our last Tanzanian lot from the latest harvest, and it's quite the send off for this year's crop! The folks at Lyula are consistently producing exemplary coffees so it's not exactly a surprise, but we're still always taken aback by the quality coming out of this washing station. The AA lot consists of the largest beans coming into the station - AA is the top grade in Tanzania and generally AA lots are the most sought-after beans. This coffee was hand-sorted and floated multiple times by the folks at Songwe, and put through a rigorous washed processing and drying on raised beds to create the incredible brew we're enjoying.
Lyula AA creates a fantastic, juicy brew with a strong peachy flavor at the forefront. There's a smooth, brown-sugary sweetness alongside it that keeps the cup grounded and prevents any acidity from overpowering the rest of the flavors at play. There's also a touch of spice that we're picking up on that makes the brew a little more complex and interesting than your run-of-the-mill African coffee. Altogether this cup almost reminds us of a slice of peach pie - a great balance of sweetness and smoothness to be enjoyed any time of day.
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5.0 out of 5
It's an amazing coffee variety. one of the best we have tried from MCC.
5.0 out of 5
What a coffee! Lyula AA is about as good as it gets for a non Tasting Series coffee. Boasting well-balanced sweetness, a fruity tartness, and a piquant spice, Lyula AA is a showstopper.
4.5 out of 5
Ended up giving my first shipment of this to my mom as a last-minute Mother's Day gift. Even on the blade grinder and French press at my parents' I got heavy apricot and spice vibes from the couple of cups I was able to get. I missed the deadline to get another batch the following week, so made do with preground for a week and a half before being able to get a second shipment. And boy am I glad I did. The flavor is unlike most other coffees I've tried, well-rounded, but with tons of room to experiment. Just wish my tasting was better so I could fine-tune more confidently...
4.0 out of 5
enjoyable, less dynamic than others
We have enjoyed this coffee. It's less dynamic than others we've had from Moustache, but solid nonetheless.