Whittard Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

Whittard Ethiopian Yirgacheffe CoffeeThe first sip of this bodes well - it's tangy and citrus like, as we top Judges have come to expect for anything from a high altitude in that part of the world. But as you continue to sip, you really want this taste to build and build - but it doesn't. It just stays at the same level and as you get more used to it, you notice it even less, to the point where you feel like you're drinking hot water. I can only put this down to the strength 3 rating - this was never going to floor me like a couple of pool balls in a pair of tights. So, OK if you like week coffee. Otherwise, be a man and go out and get yourself something stronger - some Tanzanian Peaberry maybe. 6/10

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With more people visiting, voting and leaving the odd review we wanted to get a real hot number on line. A friend had bought this one back from Austria, it's in the shape of gold bullion and tightly sealed to keep all that goodness in for me. Cracked it open and the Nooge stepped and delivered a good coffee. 2 more tries by myself were flat and creamy and shit. Another from the Nooge and it was bearable. I was picking up on that metallicy flavour so many of these foreign coffees have and whilst I'm concerned the Brits taste in coffee is unique I can't deny my genes. This fine Austrian coffee did nothing to alleviate my cravings for caffeine and thankfully you can't find it in Tesco. I put this at a 3/10 cause I basically didn't like it. I'm sure I've had worse and marked them higher over the years but as I mature my kindness is dissipating. 3/10

As a first timer on Coffeejudge I'm torn between trying to write a witty, slightly cutting review and one that just says it how it is. In the end I've decided to just spit it out - which, funnily enough, is what I almost did on trying this coffee. For me, smelling a freshly opened pack of coffee is almost as good as trying the black nectar itself. In this case, I enjoyed the intial whiff and, on pouring the coffee, I got a gratifyingly creamy top above a rich-looking brew below. So far so good. However, this aesthetic pleasure was rapidly offset by the thick, sludge-like concoction which I then drank. It's 5 minutes after the first slurp and I've still got a load of grit between my teeth. Maybe the fact that our esteemed Judge Nooge reckons it to be a 'chalet' coffee is the fact that you need a glass of water to rinse it away with - an addition to your coffee you always seem to get on the continent. Coincidence? I think not. For me, a 2/5.