Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere
click image to purchase

March’s MistoBox included a sample from California-based roastery, Barefoot Coffee—their Guatemala Palo Blanco Select, which proved to be one of my favorite coffees of the year, thus far.

As it turns out, my review of that coffee turned out to a favorite of theirs, and they graciously thanked me for the kind words by sending me a care package that included four more coffees and even a bottle of their cold brew!

Such generosity is seldom seen, and before I go any further, I’d like to express my many thanks to the folks at Barefoot for theirs. You guys rock.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping a cup of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere, from Barefoot Coffee Roasters in San Jose, California. Feel free to pull up a chair.

Barefoot works hand-in-hand with Dominion Coffee Importers to source the best coffee the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia has to offer.
The Kochere District is in Chalalacktu, a township located in the Southern Oromia region of Yirgacheffe. Kochere is growing in popularity, showcasing the consistent diversity of Yirgacheffe’s unique terroir. Close to 100,000 local inhabitants rely on coffee as their main crop with which to feed their families.

The cooperative consists of about 500 smallholder farmers in the Kochere region of southern Ethiopia. The Kochere cooperative uses shared wet mills to process their coffee, where it is washed and then dried on elevated drying beds.

The Kochere micro-region has long been known as one of the best origins for fully washed southern Ethiopian coffees. In fact, thirty percent of all coffee bearing the Yirgacheffe name comes from this specific area. The combination of very high altitude and iron-rich, acidic soil creates the ideal growing situation to produce the bright, floral Yirgacheffe profile.

Dominion Coffee Importers creates a positive story by finding communities, like this one, that want change—not a hand out. Through establishing long-term relationships with these communities, there come several benefits: Barefoot is able to source high quality coffee that is indicative of the region and terroir, and their customers can take part in helping to empower these farmers to become self sufficient and strengthen the ties of transparency. In addition, the relationship ensures that

local doctors help to educate the growers on basic health and medical needs.

the basics:

origin: Kochere, Chalalacktu, Oromia, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
farm: Kochere Cooperative
elevation: 1850 meters above sea level
cultivars: Heirloom
process: fully washed, raised bed dried
certifications: Direct Trade

the coffee:


Immediately post-brew, the coffee is reminiscent of a Central American cup’s profile—particularly with the flavors present. It has a light body and a floral mouthfeel, as it delicately brushes against and tickles the palate with flavors of orange blossom and a dusting of macadamia.

As the cups begins its cool-down, the coffee remains very fine and lightly flavored, but the body of the coffee gains just a little more weight as it adopts a light molasses mouthfeel; the blackberry and raspberry hue of the flavor makes it more akin to a light loganberry jam. Blood orange acidity breaks the crust of the cup, spilling over the palate and washing away the macadamia flavoring. Tea-like aromatics and flavor present themselves in the finish, and before I even realize it… my cup is empty.

Light body; light molasses mouthfeel; citrus acidity; clean finish.

the bottom line:

Barefoot Coffee Roasters’s Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere is the epitome of grace and delicacy. It is lightly bodied and lightly flavored, resembling an herbal tea more than an Ethiopian coffee.

In order to bring the flavors out a bit more, and to make the experience a little more enjoyable, I recommend grinding slightly finer and brewing with the Chemex—that will make it a bit more concentrated while still ensuring that the coffee retains its gracefulness.

Did you like this? Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome here at the Table! Pull up a chair and speak your mind by entering a comment below. Also remember to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *