Well, if you know me, you know that I can be a little cautious about light roasts.
I’m usually a dark or medium roast fan.
When I was scouring Amazon for the next coffee I would get, I was mostly thinking that I wanted an African coffee.
I don’t know why, I was just in the mood for a coffee from Africa.
When I noticed Cooper’s Coffee Company Ethiopian Light Roast, I really had no idea how much of a treat I was in for!
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When I found this coffee, I somehow glossed over the fact that it says it’s a light roast coffee in big letters on the bag.
I guess I was just thinking, “Ok I’ve been browsing long enough I just want an African coffee this looks good…”
I would rate this coffee at 9 out of 10. It really is that good.
Read on to find out why!…
This is, of course, the main reason I love this coffee so much.
When a coffee says it has flavors like lemon tart, raw honey, and floral nectar, I am sometimes a bit skeptical.
“Ok, let’s see how much your coffee actually has this delicious sounding lemon, honey, nectar flavor.”
The sad thing is, many of them fail my expectations and just flat out don’t taste like what they say!
This coffee though, was bursting with flavor. Let’s start with the aroma.
The aroma is sweet, lemony, like maple syrup or honey. It’s a nice aroma.
If I’m honest it’s not the most flavorful aroma I’ve ever smelled from a coffee. But listen carefully, the aroma doesn’t always indicate the taste!
If you’re a tea drinker, you’ve probably really noticed this!
There are so many teas that have this amazing smell and when you take a sip, the flavor is absolutely flat compared to the wonderful aroma you just smelled.
It’s the same with many coffees. Not as often as with tea, but there can be many coffees where the aroma is stronger and more appealing than the actual taste.
I don’t know how or why it works that way, but it does!
So I noticed a very pleasant sweet, syrup, lemony aroma in this coffee.
Then I took a sip of the coffee.
Especially for a light roast coffee, the taste was just phenomenal.
It’s a very smooth coffee. And it tastes just like the bag describes it.
If you look at the picture, you can see it describes the coffee with lemon tart, raw honey, and floral nectar.
The description is right on, and the flavor is so amazingly balanced it’s practically perfect. The sweetness and tartness go hand in hand like a love and marriage.
It’s a very light bodied coffee and the body is kind of syrupy.
The acidity is maybe the best part. What I expect from a light roast is a coffee that’s nice and pungent… aka I figure it’s going to be bitter, sour, have a vinegar kind of taste, or some combination thereof.
The acidity in Cooper Coffee Company’s Ethiopia is flawless.
It’s got that lemon citrusy zest that is not harsh at all. It’s crisp, clear and just right.
It’s somehow refreshing like having a lemonade on a hot day.
Finally, the aftertaste is also amazing.
Again, it has hints of lemon, but it doesn’t stick around too much or anything. Your tongue isn’t coated too much. The finish and aftertaste are nice and refreshing, just like the acidity.
There is hardly anything I could think of to say negative about this Ethiopian coffee.
Although, maybe it would be even better as a medium roast!
Doing a tasting with this coffee was blissful and I was blown away.
It Stands Out Among African Coffee
I’ve tried many African coffees.
I’ve even reviewed at least one other Ethiopian coffee here on My Home Brewed Coffee.
You’ll find that many coffees from African are medium roast. Different regions seem to have an ideal roast.
For example, many Asian coffees are best as a dark roast.
South American coffee is pretty diverse and can be good as medium, dark or light roast.
And when it comes to this Ethiopian coffee, it’s amazing that not only does it have such a fantastic taste, but it’s a light roast!
It’s like I mentioned before, when I am about to drink a light roast, I’m pretty much always expecting some kind of pungent acidic taste.
But this coffee well exceeded my expectations.
Conclusion – A Total Winner!
This is absolutely way up there on my list of java juice that I’ve tasted since I started this blog, a year and a half ago now.
I forgot to mention, the smell of the whole beans inside the bag is just delightful too.
It’s hard to say, but this is probably my second favorite coffee I’ve tried in the last year and a half.
There’s no question it’s in the top three.
But no matter where it lands on my coffee list, I 100% highly recommend this coffee. It’s worth every penny, and this is one of those ones where I wish there was more than 12 ounces of it!
It’s also one of those coffees where it’s really hard to find anything wrong with it!
It was good with any brewing method I tried, from AeroPress to pour over. Although I think my favorite way to brew it was with the Hario V60.
Hario makes a more robust brew than Chemex or some other pour overs, and with a light roast it was nice to get a more robust and strong flavor profile from this coffee.
Again, this coffee is amazing from front to back and any way you make it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Also you can check out the Cooper’s Coffee Company website here.
And with that… coffee cheers!