I asked the guys behind the counter at Four Barrel Coffee for something floral. Without hesitation, they pointed to the Ethiopian Koratie. That sounded good to me. I had read some pretty glowing reviews of this stuff on Bean Chaser and Chemically Imbalanced. Of course, that particular roast came from Crema Roasters and not Stumptown.
Stumptown’s version is very nice. I detected some strawberry, like you might find in a fruity, light white wine as well as raisins and milk chocolate. Most impressive was the soft and silky mouthfeel. This medium-bodied coffee’s floral notes are more cherry blossom than a thick, heady wildflower.
Perhaps I’m being unfair – it’s that expectations vs. reality thing and the fact that I didn’t cup blind – but I wanted more from this coffee. It worked well as a French Press, but the flavors and aromas were incredibly subtle – certainly not a “wow” in the cup. The milder qualities of this coffee were mostly lost as a pour-over drip.
I wasn’t able to test whether the subtleties I encountered might work – might explode – when brewed as espresso so I’m left wondering instead whether this coffee was roasted a shade too dark, muting its complexities. I also have to consider that I don’t fully appreciate subtle coffees.