Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP – roast review

Today, I brewed a cup of the Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP beans I had roasted the day before. I normally roast to a City+ / Full City level on the majority of my coffee beans. Yesterday, I decided to switch it up a bit and took the beans to a Full City+ / Vienna – Light French roast level.

Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP

Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP at Full City+ / Vienna - Light French roast

At this level you start to get roast flavor characteristics instead of origin flavor characteristics. Cupping reports for this bean show a variety of fruit tastes as the origin flavors: strawberry, orange marmalade, mango and apricot. The reports show that roast tastes trend towards nuts and chocolate.

As you can see in the photo to the left, the beans had a great deep brown color and a nice oily sheen to them.

I prepared the brew using my standard method; bring 16 oz of water to a boil, grind 28 grams of beans, brew for 3 minutes in a french press, plunge and pour. When I brew in my french press, I leave the coffee alone for the first minute, agitate for the second minute and leave it alone for the final minute.

Once I had poured the coffee, I could see a good amount of coffee oils floating on the surface. This is one of the reasons I love using a french press. I feel you get a fuller bodied cup of coffee since very little is trapped in the pot.

I always drink my coffee black, never any cream or sweetener.

Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP in cup

Brewed and ready to enjoy. Notice the oils floating on surface.

First sip brought forth a very rich syrupy, caramel flavor. The coffee had a lot of body and a nice, sweet finish. Subsequently, I received deep, dark chocolate flavors along with that sweet aftertaste.

Even as the cup cooled, I still found that strong chocolate flavor being predominant. This was a very strong, full-bodied roast. The bittersweet chocolate flavor lingered on my palate for quite some time after I had finished the cup.

Overall, this roast level was very enjoyable even if there was not a lot of complexity to the flavors. The lighter roast levels definitely give you more flavor in my opinion. I think you get a good balance of origin flavor and roast flavor at the City+ / Full City levels. This level was a nice change of pace and a fun experiment for me.

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4 responses to “Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP – roast review

  1. I think you need to elaborate on the whole city+ stuff maybe do a primer from start to finish on acquiring unroasted beans, the roasting process etc. While it sounds interesting I have no Idea what you’re talking about.

    • Hi Matt, thanks for reading. You are absolutely right. A primer on greens and roasting levels is a great idea. I will put one together as my next coffee posting.

  2. Is this new crop IMV? I haven’t heard of it being available for the past couple years. Where did you get it?