Today was one of those days I was reminded of why I love coffee.
Fortunately for us, Jeong Lee from Handcraft Specialty Coffee (Newtown, Sydney), shares that same passion.
Offered to us today were two coffees side by side, both an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere, but roasted by two different companies: Seven Seeds from Melbourne, and Reuben Hills from Sydney. Both of these coffees have the same Country of origin, Region, Farm, Varietal and processing method (fully washed process). Jeong brewed these coffees side by side in a Hario V60 using exactly the same brewing method. These coffees feature similar flavour notes, but the way they are presented on the palate is very unalike.
The Kochere region is located in the Yirgacheffe region in the southern part of Ethiopia. The coffee is sourced from a Cooperative, so the individual farmers are hard to trace, but features stunning notes of guava, jasmine and black tea. The combination of high altitude, Iron rich, and very acidic soil produces the perfect situation for creation of bright and floral profiles; something that the Yirgacheffe region is famous for.
It was very interesting to see the difference in profiles from the two coffee roasters, with the Seven Seeds brew being less up front, more flavoursome, and long lasting, whereas the Reuben Hills was alot lighter, up front, and had a brighter acidity. It's hard to pick a favourite, with arguments for both roasts being equally convincing. But an exceptional experience to enjoy a Yirgacheffe in two different ways, this is what coffee is all about!