Victrola Coffee Roasters – Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere

Crazy past 2 weeks around here. The washroom’s pipes are leaking, so we have to get that fixed. There’s heavy construction on the major street a block away from me that starts before 7am. Then Toronto undergoes a flash flood that drowns the majority of downtown. Luckily, I was spared from any flooding and I didn’t lose any power!

Now that it’s calmed down a bit, I finally have a chance to catch up on some coffee tasting!

Today, we’re taking a look at Victrola Coffee Roasters’ Yirgacheffe Kochere from Ethiopia.

Victrola Coffee Roasters Yirgacheffe Kochere

As you can tell, the most prominent flavour profiles are Jasmine, Tea-Like and Delicate.

I drank this while eating lunch, so my palate might be a little muddled for coffee tasting, so take  my advice with a little grain of salt. But, I tasted my coffee before I ate anything and before I added any sugar or milk and I was immediately reminded of a nice floral cup of oolong tea during a dimsum lunch!

Then I thought to myself, “if I was given this coffee blindfolded, would I think it was a tea-flavoured coffee or just a really bad tea?” After thinking about it for a few moments, I’m pretty sure I’d probably think it’s a pretty nasty tasting tea.

Why would I think it’s a bad tea instead of gourmet coffee? It’s because this particular roast actually carries a fair amount of astringency, which is a texture that’s characteristic of tea and coffee. But, it doesn’t have the same amount as a good, strong tea!

After I added my regular amount of sugar and milk, the tea-like flavour profile still remains but the distinct coffee notes come out a lot more. In my opinion, that’s a good thing and it does remind me a bit of the Hong Kong-style yin-yan beverage that’s a mix of coffee and black tea. (And gets you more wired than a UofT student on their last exam of the season.)

It’s also a tad bit too delicate for my tastes, but that could also be due to staleness.

Verdict: Although I do like the flavour combination of tea and coffee, it’s not a combination that I’d want to have on a regular basis. Plus, it’s something that I can readily make at home with added caffeine for an extra kick.

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