Tasting Notes: Floral, Plum, Granola
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Origin: Kochere, Ethiopia
Producers: Kochere Small-holders
Qore is an excellent mill high up in the mountains of Ethiopia that has been producing some really exceptional honey coffees like this one. Local small-holders bring their coffee cherries to the mill where everything is hand-sorted into grades and floated to remove any defects before initial processing. The densest beans are reserved for honey processing, and after the initial pulping almost all of the mucilage is left on during drying - which is often referred to as "black honey" processing at other origins. The beans dry for about 20 days, and are agitated throughout to break up any clumps and encourage even drying.
Flavor-wise, Qore Kelloo #3 is a delicious mix of sweet, tart, and savory flavors. A sticky plum note almost certainly results from the honey processing, and a nice floral quality emerges as well. We also found the flavors here reminiscent of home-made granola, with a bit of spice and savory taste giving the brew a weighty, substantial character. Honey coffees are always a blast because of the range of flavors they can present, and this is a great example of how unique and exciting they can be. Try brewing a few different ways, and let us know which method produces the tastiest result!