Brian Beyke

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. - Aylele Ethiopia - Craft Coffee - December 2013

Brian Beyke

I know…why am I revisiting 2013?  Most people I talk with think that year sucked.  Well, the reason is that I say so.  I am just now getting around to starting the blog, so I wanted to revisit this collection of coffees.  I suppose since my January box arrived this week, I probably need to get this out fast, so here we go.  Let’s dive into the first coffee.  

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Details:

Roaster: Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
Producer: Aylele
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
Varieties: Heirloom
Process: Washed, patio-dried
Elevation: 1,500-1,550 meters

Brew Method:

V60 | 34g © to 453g (w) | 3:30 total time | 200 degrees

Similarly to Deeper Roots’ offering of Aylele, this is a type of coffee I always enjoy drinking.  It stands out among Yirgacheffe coffees, and other coffees in general, for its delicacy and refinement.  Instead of sour patch kid acidity, you get a lot of aromatics and are introduced to the cup in a softer manner, but still manage to have an enjoyable acidity.  

Floral elements surround the senses and palate along with a sweet and fruited tea-like body.  All that comes to mind is pleasing.  I find that brewing this coffee at lower temperatures really help to match the coffee profile, aiding to an un-abrasive and lightly juicy introduction to mango, peach, and some berry sweetness.  The sweetness carries through the cup and into long lasting finishes always accompanied by floral notes galore.  

Aylele was one of the coffees I had to learn to appreciate.  Not with Anodyne’s offering, but prior to that when my local roaster carried it (Deeper Roots, previously mentioned).  I had gone through a bag of it without really understanding the need to tailor my brewing methods to match the cup, so the coffee never left me “wowed”.  

It wasn’t until visiting with a friend and local barista Kile that he talked me through some of the elements of this coffee.  I always thought it was lacking in development and lacking in the sweetness.  I failed to see that the coffee wasn’t trying to be loud, it wasn’t trying to hit your pallet aggressively.  Aylele is reserved and delicate, and when given the attention produces an enjoyable and un-compromising cup.  

Delicate, floral, tea-like.

Co-host of the I Brew My Own Coffee Podcast and always has all the chocolate. I also love to play board games. Yea, let's go do that right now.