Over the years I have received many quality coffees from Bodhi Leaf. This is not one of them. Inspection of the green beans revealed poor size grading with many more defects than I have come to expect. Bodhi Leaf quality control should have picked this up especially since the coffee clearly says GR1. Considering the fact that this is one of the coffees chosen for their latest roasting competition makes me think that it should have warranted closer inspection by their QA team. Roasting the coffee was challenging and resulted in an inconsistent roast. The resulting brew lacked the brightness and complexity I would have expected in a Yirgacheffee of this proposed quality. Sorry guys, you dropped the ball on this one.
I’ve been roasting for about 5 years, I understand these are heirloom and will have some variegation, but for a GR1, this lot is terrible, the roasts are very uneven, along with a fair amount of bean defects. Perhaps these beans were pulled from some of the GR2 or GR3 bags in the warehouse?