Qore Kelloo #6—fresh fruits and herbs!

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OK, ladies and gentlemen, it’s been a while! For this past week I’ve been super busy with my writing, but I never stopped having great coffee. Actually, that’s exactly what I’m going to write about here: Qore Kelloo #6 Heirloom I received from the coffee masters at Turun Kahvipaahtimo. This is honey processed Yirgacheffe from Ethiopia. The roast is really light.

I’ll admit right off the bat that since this coffee was not intended for espresso, it took me a while to adjust my palate to it. It was clear right from the start, however, that this is an excellent product.

I made several cups of this every day with my AeroPress. You know, the standard method: 255g/9oz of freshly boiled water (100C/212F), 15g/0.5oz of coffee, semi-coarse. Brew time 1:45.

Brewed in this way, Qore Kelloo #6 was everything the company promises. My translation of their description reads as follows: ”The taste: Peach, apricot, hops. The mouthfeel: Syrupy, sweet, herbal.” They couldn’t have said it better. That is exactly what you get. There was a slight acidity to it, but it was like the natural, soft acidity of fresly cut fruits, just as if I had those peaches and apricots in my cup. No harshness whatsoever. The taste was really light, though, maybe even a bit too light for my personal taste. While it was not the most flavorful coffee I’ve had, it was quite tasty and pleasant nonetheless. I actually had some Finnish guests come over—people who do not quite understand the thing I have for Italian moka—and they complimented on how the coffee was so delicious this time.

Even though I understand that this product was not created for the macchinetta man in mind, I just had to try how it would taste if I brewed it in my trusty 3 cup Bialetti Moka. As expected, the acidity was a bit more pronounced, but still very soft and fruity. The peaches and apricots were definitely there, with the occasional hint of milk chocolate. This time I could also detect something herbal, something that reminded me of the famous vermouth, Martini Extra Dry. Very, very nice. Sweetish, but not too much. The mouthfeel, too, was slighty syrupy, but not overly so. The finish was long, sweet and syrupy, but did not leave any mouth coating. Two words came to mind: natural and fresh.

If you like lighter roasted coffee that is fruity and sweet, but still doesn’t feel goopy, get some Qore Kelloo #6. You won’t be disappointed! Thank you, Turun Kahvipaahtimo, for yet another great coffee!

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