Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Koke

Strawberry  ·  Pound Cake  ·  Jasmine


Farmer: Koke Small-scale Growers Coop.
Origin: Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe
Varieties: Heirloom
Altitude: 2200m
Process: Natural Process

Coffee Story
Brewing Notes

The Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia is known for producing some of the best, fruit-forward coffees in the world. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and this region boasts a field blend of various indigenous heirloom varieties. The Gedeo Zone produces as much as 30% of all of the Yirgacheffe region and is a major component of the local economy.

At the cupping table, the Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. team consistently considers the Koke Natural as one if its favorite coffees. Soft strawberry aromas in the dry grounds, wet grounds and the cup, are so distinct, it is hard to believe they weren't added. There is a distinct soft, herbal quality that is reminiscent of lavender or bergamot, and a soft, round sweetness that leaves a pleasant, vanilla finish.


This is a beautiful, delicate coffee, and is best expressed with a Hario V60 or Kalita Wave at a 1:16 ratio of coffee to water. Koke also performs well as a single origin straight espresso.