Coffee Review: Flywheel Coffee Roasters – Ethiopia Amaro Gayo

Flywheel Ethiopia Amaro Gayo

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Flywheel Coffee Roasters - Ethiopia Amaro Gayo

$16
8.1

Acidity

9.0/10

Aftertaste

8.0/10

Aroma

8.0/10

Balance

9.0/10

Body

8.0/10

Complexity

7.0/10

Flavor

9.0/10

Forgiveness

6.0/10

Sweetness

10.0/10

Versatility

7.0/10

Pros

  • Very sweet
  • Fruity
  • Blueberry notes

Cons

  • Difficult to dial-in/unforgiving

Flywheel Coffee Roasters (San Francisco, CA) is my go-to local coffee roaster, so it brings me great pleasure to finally be reviewing one of their coffees. Specifically, I’ll be taking a look at their Ethiopia Amaro Gayo, a single-origin coffee that packs a whole lot of sweetness.

About Flywheel Coffee Roasters

Flywheel was opened in the Upper Haight neighborhood of San Francisco in 2012 by Aquiles Guerrero.

Guerrero has an interesting story about his lifetime of experience in coffee. He has done everything you could possibly do in the coffee industry, with experience in growing, processing, roasting, and serving coffee. Guerrero has lived and breathed just about everything that exists in the world of coffee, and it definitely shows in the quality of Flywheel’s coffee.

The café and roastery has a modern vibe to it, with plenty of space for working or chatting with a friend over a cup of coffee.

They generally serve 3 different single origins as pour over or siphon, and they also offer Kyoto/slow drip cold brew and nitro cold brew on tap.*

*By the way…Flywheel was the first place I saw doing the nitro cold brew thing. Pretty sure it was even before Stumptown was doing it, but I could be wrong about that one.

When I have friends from out of town asking for coffee recommendations in the neighborhood, Flywheel is almost always what I recommend.

General Notes & Observations

Flywheel Coffee Roasters - Ethiopia Amaro Gayo

Roast: Light
Producers: Asnakech Thomas/Amaro Gayo
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Region: Amaro
Variety: Indigienous heirloom
Processing method: Washed & natural
Growing altitude: 1100 masl
Aroma: Cinnamon, blueberry
Roaster tasting notes: No notes
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Blueberry, cinnamon, maple syrup, grapefruit

Summary

Although Flywheel’s Ethiopia Amaro Gayo isn’t the most forgiving coffee for inexperienced home baristas, when done right, this coffee packs incredible fruity flavor and sweetness.

I’d recommend the Amaro Gayo to African-coffee-lovers who are seeking that famous blueberry flavor, balanced out by more typical coffee notes in the aftertaste.

The Amaro Gayo was available at Flywheel late Spring/early Summer, so make sure to check their website for its impending (hopefully) return.

 

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