Rocko is like an old friend. When I drink this coffee, I'm blown away by the delicate florals and those effervescent flavours that remind me of summer fruits.
Without a doubt, the coffee we're best known for is Rocko Mountain and we're beyond excited to bring you this coffee again this year. It's what we think of as 'old school' Yirgacheffe, and this year it's got us all misty eyed yet again!
In the cup, expect a big hit of fruit, however you brew. In this coffee, there is no escaping. It's the original fruity banger. In espresso, it really shines. Beautifully balanced and elegant, with gentle acidity. Add milk, and you're in fruity milkshake territory. Elegant and exciting coffee. You're going to love it.
Origin: Banko Chelchele Kebele (neighbourhood), Gedeb Woreda
Varietals: 74112 Ethiopian landrace
Roast colour: 133 (read more).
Suitable for: All Brew Methods (read more)
Q Score: 88.25 (what's this?)
You can get more sensory information about the coffee by looking at the diagrams in the images above. If you need to know how these work, just click here.
Taste and flavour perception are complex and difficult to articulate. We love sharing our tasting notes with you, but please don't rely too heavily on our reports. Your experience is what matters most and it may be different. We've written about that whole issue here.
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Want to know more about this coffee? Read on (info from Falcon Speciality)
For our Rocko Mountain this year at Falcon Specialty, with the help of our team in Addis we have been sourcing this particular coffee that truly represents the old school traditional flavour of Yirgacheffe. That is why these year with the support of Siz Agro we have been able to connect directly to Tariku and source this magnificent natural processed coffee.
Tariku Mengesha is the sole owner and produced this natural coffee entirely on his farms, the farm is located throughout the Banko Chelchele Kebele (neighbourhood) of Gedeb Woreda, south of Yirgacheffe and just west of the border with the vast Oromia region.
Tariku applied the basic agronomic practices and keep the field free of any weeds, grows pulse crops in his coffee field so as to maintain the fertility of the soil. The pruning practices are carried out with the technical help from our Stumping Project partners, Technoserve, and some district Agricultural experts.
Tariku processes the coffee with the help of Tesfaye Roba, and this lot has been processed as a traditional Natural, first by soaking the cherries to remove all immature, floaters, overripe and foreign matter and then drying on raised beds for 28 days.
While coffee is Tariku's primary income, which he uses to support his family that includes 10 children (3 boys and 7 girls), he also grows navy beans and false banana, called “enset,” which produce no edible fruit but whose root and heart ( rhizome and pseudostem, if you want to be botanically accurate) can be harvested.
Rocko Mountain - Ethiopia
I've recently decided to get back into 'proper coffee' and bought a new expresso machine (though as it turns out my problem was largely technique). I've been practicing on 'commercial coffee' with some quite good results and decided it was time to try speciality.
This is coffee but not as I've ever known it. IT TASTES OF STRAWBERRIES! This might seem odd but anyone who is into wine and used to appreciating the leather or tobacco tastes in wine will know that taste combinations are a complex thing. The big company coffee Italian roasts I had been using mainly tasted of strong. This is milder with a strawberry up front and a refreshing citrus finish and doesn't leave me with a caffeine headache. I did try it as an Americano with milk but it was a bit minging.
I had no idea that coffee could be so complex and unusual. It's a whole new world. I was doing 16g beans extracting to 35ml coffee with as fine a grind as my machine could manage (not very). A bit too expensive (80p/espresso) to drink as much as I want to but now my once a day treat. Exceptional!
Wow, what an amazing review - thank you so much Andy!
It's great to hear you're enjoying getting into speciality coffee too. You'll be glad to know that the new crop Rocko should be released in the next few weeks too!
I bought this coffee so far numerous times every year in the past 3. It has that comforting amount of funk. That solid bit of “oh hello there…“ fruity sweetness. In general it performs perfectly every time. Whether I brew it as espresso or any other method.
If someone doesn’t like this coffee it is definitely more of a taste preference than the fault of the coffee. It just delivers time after time.
Thanks for the review! - much appreciated. We're so excited for the new crop Rocko too - which should be arriving in the UK at the end of this month.
Being a fan of african coffees generally. This definitely hits the spot for me. Good balance of chocolate, with bitterness and acidity.
Thanks James. Really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and it's always great to hear from people enjoying our coffee.
I rarely write reviews for coffee beans but these are truly exceptional. The explosion of fruit and flavour makes every cup a delight. I’ve used it both with milk and my usual americano/double espresso in a bean to cup. I think using it with milk subdues the excellent aroma and flavour and it is best drink without milk. Truly an exceptional coffee bean
Thanks Saad, reading reviews like this really makes my day. So happy that you're enjoying the Rocko. New crop landing in a few weeks and that one is even better!!