Review of 1000 Faces Misty Valley Yirgacheffee Ethiopian Coffee

1000 Faces Coffee is located in Athens, Georgia has been roasting coffee since 2006. Apparently, the roasting company is named after a book titled The Hero with 1000 Faces written by Joesph Campbell as they base their mission statement on a quote from the book.

“Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence – for he has the perfected eye to see. There is no separateness.”

1000 Faces uses the quote as an analogy of how they search, find, establish relationships with the producers, and add all of that integrity into their coffee roasting.

A unique story to say the least. Click this link to learn more about 1000 Faces Coffee.

I received 1000 Faces Misty Valley Yirchaffee Ethiopian coffee through my Mistobox subscription service. If you don’t use a subscription service, you’re missing out on getting great coffees from roasters you never knew existed. Subscribe to Mistobox now!

The roasters notes promise a fruity tasting coffee with notes of black cherry that finish with a sweet mixture of molasses and chocolate.

Will 1000 Faces Misty Valley live up to the roaster’s claims?


Review of 1000 Faces Misty Valley Ethiopian

The beans of 1000 Faces Misty Valley are roasted to a cinnamon color and are very dense and hard.

Misty Valley beans have an excellent sweet chocolate aroma that hits you as soon as you open the sealed bag of beans. Even better is the aroma from the freshly brewed coffee, often you have to put your nose right down to the cup to smell the brewed coffee when using a dripper. Not so with Misty Valley, the aroma is fruity and sweet that entices you to take a sip.

Using my usual 16:1 water to coffee ratio with a Hario V60 and using the fourth grind setting on my Porlex grinder I found the coffee was a bit strong and a little bitter for me even though the coffee had a great aroma.

Once I changed the grinder setting a bit coarser, to the fifth setting, I was surprised how one setting on a grinder can improve the taste of the coffee. Even though there was a bit of bitterness in the coffee it was not as pronounced and the cup was enjoyable.

I detected slight notes of cherries and a good sweetness that did turn a bit bitter in the aftertaste, but I still liked the taste of the coffee. With the grind setting the coffee was much more fruity and the taste seemed to become richer as the coffee cooled.

Trying to get rid of all the bitterness, I tried the next coarser setting on the grinder, and even though the bitterness went away, there was a loss of flavor too.

This goes to show that slight changes in your preparation and brewing can make huge changes in the flavor of your coffee, keep experimenting until you find the one you like the most.

Other Methods

I also liked 1000 Faces Misty Valley when brewed with a Clever Brewer.

Seeping the coffee brought out more of the chocolate notes, but it also brought along some of the bitterness for me. That said, try it yourself and see if you have the same experiences.

All-in-all, I like 1000 Faces Misty Valley brewed using a dripper with a medium to a medium-fine grind. I think the 16:1 ratio is good, using more would only make the coffee stronger, and less would be too weak I believe. One could always keep messing with the grind settings and brew ratio, but at some point you need to say I’m good with the coffee this way and enjoy it.


Bean & Roasting Info

Roast Level: Light
Producers: Various small producers
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Region: Yirgacheffe
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Processing method: Natural
Growing Altitude: 5,740- to 6,400
Roaster tasting notes: Fruity notes of black cherry, molasses, and chocolate.

Review Summary of 1000 Faces Misty Valley Ethiopian

Overall Misty Valley is a good coffee, yes, there is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but the aroma of the beans and even from the brewed coffee is more than enough reason to try this coffee.

I did taste the cherry and chocolate notes that 1000 Faces said this coffee has. Even though I didn’t pick out the molasses notes, that could be the sweetness I experienced when sipping the coffee.

Try 1000 Faces Misty Valley, I’m sure you’ll like it very much. I’d use a dripper method to brew the coffee and experiment a bit with the grinder settings and maybe the brew ratio to dial in the taste for you.

Click the following link to purchase this coffee from 1000 Faces.

Want to see other Ethiopian coffee reviews? Click this link and then the Coffee by Country button and scroll to Ethiopia.

Have you tried 100 Faces Misty Valley? Or maybe another of their coffees? Leave me a comment below and let’s compare notes.

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