Ethiopia – Amaro Gayo
This exceptional coffee is exported through Ethiopia’s only female miller/exporter, Asnakech Thomas. Native to the Amaro region, Asnakech decided in 2005 to return to her homeland to improve coffee quality at her mill and in local communities. The Amaro Mountains are a small, beautiful range separating the communities of Amaro on the eastern slopes from Nechisar National Park and the lowland tribal areas of Arba Minch in southwest Ethiopia, Sidamo region. The local coffee varieties, relatively light population, waterfalls and highland bamboo forests are among the many unique features of the area.
Coffee Review assessment: Crisp yet lush. Honey, roasted cocoa nib, ripe blueberry, a hint of savory herb in aroma and cup. Balanced, richly bright acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor quiets and consolidates in a roundly sweet finish.
Who should drink this: The play of sweetness – honey, blueberry – against crisper notes – roasted cocoa nib, herb – gives this dried-in-the-fruit profile its particular distinction.
Food Pairing Guide: Restaurants and cafes serving dishes with fruits, such as strawberries and blueberries, should serve this coffee as a complement. This also pairs well with chocolate.
Overall Score: 92
Certifications: Organic, Women’s Alliance