ethiopian yirgacheffe gelana abaya

An Awesome Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company

9.2 Weighted Score Out of 10
The Buzz
  • Great aroma - Very Fruity
  • Awesome flavor - think raspberries and cherries in a cordial
  • Flavors and aroma stay strong to the end of the cup
  • No bitterness
  • The Dregs
  • Not as flavorful in French Press or other brewing methods - but who cares.
  • My Thoughts...
    The fruity aroma of these beans is out of the world, the only thing better is the awesome raspberry & cherry flavors in the coffee. The aroma from the brewed coffee is like a raspberry & cherry cordial, fruity and sweet.
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    Love is such a strong word.

    Ok, maybe not when you’re talking about coffee, but I still don’t want to overuse the word and have it lose its meaning.

    But I love Anodyne’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee.

    This is one awesome Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, the aroma and flavor are fruity from the first sip down to the bottom of the cup.

    The coffee has raspberry and cherry notes that remind me of cherry cordials mixed with raspberries.

    Anodyne’s Yirgacheffe is a keeper.

    Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company

    This Milwaukee, Wisconsin company started roasting coffee in 1999.

    Anodyne has three cafes in the Milwaukee area and is active with local events. At the time of this posting, Anodyne has around 30 reasonably priced roasted coffees and blends including a Holiday gift box.

    I received Anodyne’s Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from my Mistobox subscription. I like subscription services because they send me coffee from places I wouldn’t think of looking. Without Mistobox I would never have come across the awesome Ethiopia Yirgacheffee coffee from Anodyne.

    Awesome ethiopia yirgacheffeThe first thing I noticed was Anodyne’s packaging. I guess I’m used purchasing coffee in paper bags, but Anodyne’s coffee came in a vented foil bag with a zip lock opening. As you can see from the cover image, the design and brand are attractive.

    I know it’s all about the coffee, but I think packaging and branding are under-utilized by many small coffee roasters. Top-notch packaging costs money, I get it, but competition is getting fierce and having your brand standing out is important. A roaster could have the best coffee in the world, but they need to have the consumer pick up a bag and try it before anyone will know.

    I give Anodyne a thumbs-up for their packaging and branding. The zip-lock bag worked great as I could squeeze out the remaining air and the bag sealed tight. I could save my few coffee containers for those roasters that ship in paper bags labeled with stickers…

    Anodyne’s Awesome Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

    Sorry, I couldn’t keep the adjective out of the heading, but that is how I feel.

    Anodyne ethiopian beansWhen I opened the bag, the raspberry and cherry aroma were as if I stuck my head in a bowl of macerated fruit. It was that strong.

    The aroma is strong and enticing.

    The beans are roasted to what I call a light cinnamon color, but what struck me was the size of the beans.

    Saying they’re on the small side is an understatement.

    I guess good things do come in small packages.

    The beans are an effort to hand-grind but they didn’t fracture, and the grind with my Porlex was very consistent.

    Brewing Anodyne’s Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

    The smell of the ground coffee is so intense all you want to do is breath in the aroma.

    It has a strong raspberry aroma followed by a sweeter cherry note. I didn’t at any time smell the melon notes as suggested by Anodyne, maybe I couldn’t get past the raspberry smell, but regardless the aroma was intoxicating to me.

    My usual first run is a 16: 1 Hario V60 pour over, with the coffee ground at the fifth setting with Porlex hand grinder.

    This setting is a home run.

    The first flavor I taste is a tart raspberry that is pronounced that lingers in your mouth. A sweeter cherry-like flavor springs out late in the sip and mixes with the raspberry during the aftertaste. The smell of the brew reminds me of a raspberry and cherry cordial.

    This coffee is a flavor bomb. There’s no bitter aftertaste, only the lingering of the raspberries. The coffee is quite light, no heavy mouthfeel or spots on the tongue where the coffee seems to sit or any wine-like dryness that many fruity coffees seem to leave in my mouth.

    As the coffee cools in the cup, the raspberry-cherry flavor remains strong without bitterness.

    Without a doubt, the Ethiopian coffee is ideal for a pour over.

    Other Brewing Methods

    I only tried one other brewing method; that was the French Press.

    Using a course grind, a 16:1 ratio with a four-minute steep the resultant brew had the fruity flavors, though, muted compared to the pour-over. Some of the raspberry tartness is replaced with more sweetness, but the drink didn’t have the distinct flavor profiles as the pour over.

    Maybe a finer grind would help the French Press, but the pour over is so good why mess with other brew methods.

    I didn’t even try the auto drip coffee maker. If I had a newer model that produced hotter water I could see trying it, but I wasn’t going to waste any of this Ethiopia Yirgacheffe with a bad brewer.

    Brewing Variations

    Always trying to make coffee beans stretch, I decided to make the grind size finer and increase the ratio to 18:1. It wasn’t a complete failure, the tart fruity flavor was still present, but the sweeter cherry notes were missing. Still a good coffee, but not as good as the five grind and 16:1 ratio.

    I felt the coffee was strong enough for me, so I didn’t decrease the ratio, but if you like bold coffee you might try a 15:1 ratio.

    Bean & Roasting Info

    Roast Level: Light
    Producers: Gelana Abaya Wet Mill
    Country of Origin: Ethiopia
    Region: Gedeo Zone
    Variety: Typica
    Processing method: Fully Washed / Natural
    Growing altitude: 5,900 to 6,500 ft-amsl
    Roaster tasting notes: Fruity & juicy with notes of berries & melon with a chocolate finish.

    Ethiopian coffee


    Without a doubt, this is one of, if not, my favorite coffee right now.

    The flavors in this Ethiopia Yirgacheffee are so sharp and distinct it’s a pleasure to drink. It’s one of those coffees that you can’t wait to wake up and have in the morning.

    If you like coffees that start out with a tart fruity taste that mellows late in the sip to sweeter notes this is a coffee you need to try.  I also liked the aroma of the coffee, it smells like a cherry cordial, not so much a chocolate aroma, but a mixture of raspberry, cherry, and sweetness.

    Anodyne’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffee is very similar to Recess Coffee’s Ethiopian with the fruity first notes followed by sweetness. What is different is that Anodyne’s raspberry and cherry flavor remained throughout the cup, while Recess’s profile changed from the first sip to last.

    It appears I like Ethiopian coffee, not only have I tried and liked both Anodyne’s and Recess’s, but I also reviewed Equator’s Ethiopia Sidama Erdi. All three are great in their own ways, but Anodynes is a flavor bomb.

    Mistobox did a great job picking out this coffee for me. I probably would have never found it otherwise.

    Don’t hesitate to buy Anodyne’s Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gelana Abaya coffee. Don’t take a chance they will sell out.

    Use the buttons below to visit Anodyne’s website, the Yirgacheffe sales page, or Mistobox’s website to sign up for a subscription and be sent some awesome coffees.


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