November. It's the month when you can no longer ignore the weather in the Pacific Northwest. The patchy rain of September and October become unrelenting and cold seeps into your bones. Another yearly reminder that we live in a land of drizzle and fog, swaddled in the clammy mist blanket thrown over us by the mountains.
The Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia is not only on the other side of the world, but it is heading into a dry season. After 6 months of rains, the clouds are thinning and bringing warmer days and cooler nights. The rains have also ripened the coffee beans and as they dissipate in October trough December. It's time to harvest.
This month's Roaster's Picks come from Yirgacheffe and Kochere in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. They're grown at high altitude, which mutes the heat of the subtropical sun. The resulting coffee is silky smooth and tastes of lemons and berries — sweet, even without added sugar.
They're the perfect complement to our cold and contemplative days of autumn. Roasted to perfection, these are our most delicious varietals yet.