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Today I'm reviewing another highly-praised coffee roasted by Noble Coffee Roasting (Ashland, OR). It's the Ethiopian Buku Sayisa, which comes from a small remote village in the Guji Zone of Southern Ethiopia.
This is a light roast coffee that was largely produced with the help of the Adinew Brothers, who were also responsible for Noble's stellar Bishan Fugu, a 2018 Good Food Awards winner.
The coffee is of the indigenous heirloom variety and fully-washed. It has a prominent lemon flavor with floral undertones.
And waddaya know? It's a 2019 Good Food Awards finalist, adding yet another accolade to Noble Coffee's long list.
Still, the question remains: is the Buku Sayisi better than last year's winner, the Bishan Fugu?
Let's take a closer look.
General Notes & Observations
Producers: Buku Sayisa village members & The Adinew Brothers
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Region: Guji Zone
Variety: Heirloom Indigenous
Processing method: Washed
Growing altitude: 1900-2200 masl
Roaster aroma notes: Jasmine, blackberry
Coffee Concierge aroma notes: Buttery, PB&J, floral
Roaster tasting notes: Lemon drop, hibiscus, orange zest, cola
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Lemon, floral
Kalita Wave 185
Bonavita Immersion Dripper
Brewista Variable Temperature Kettle
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
Kruve Coffee Sifter
American Weigh Scales LB-3000
Drip Coffee Experience
I brewed the Buku Sayisa with a variety of drip coffee makers to get a better sense of the nuances between brew methods.
I started with the Bonavita Immersion Dripper, and was pleased with the results.
The first thing that struck me about this coffee was how the aroma transformed from its whole bean state to its brewed state. The whole bean coffee had a buttered popcorn aroma, that shifted to peanut butter and jelly when ground, and finally, florals when brewed.
As far as the taste of the Buku Sayisa goes, the clean mouthfeel is what jumped out at me first. This coffee does not have a lot of thickness in terms of body, which makes it quite easy to gulp down quickly.
The flavor itself was predominantly lemon, but the acidity was somehow subdued enough to not overwhelm the tastebuds. When I slurped the coffee I picked up a lot of floral undertones, which definitely contributed to the coffee's overall complexity.
At the surface-level, the Buku Sayisa is comparable to a typical washed Ethiopian coffee you might encounter, with citrus flavors dominating the cup.
When you dig a little bit deeper however, you can see that this coffee is more complex than it may have initially seemed.
To bring out all of the coffee's disparate flavors, I found that I had to drink the coffee at varying temperatures, with stronger slurps, and through different brew methods.
This is not a coffee for those who haven't acquired a taste for light roast coffee. In fact, to your average coffee drinker, the Buku Sayisa could easily be accused of being too "tea-like" with its thin body and citrus flavors.
If you're into these kinds of coffees though, you might want to check the Buku Sayisa out.
You can buy the Buku Sayisa from Noble Coffee Roasting by clicking here.
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