Special Reserve Ethiopian Sidamo Natural Process by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Review | CoffeeReview.com
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2006
Origin: Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia Price: NA

Blind Assessment: A sweet fruit ferment contributes to an intense aromatic complexity that carries from nose to cup: Spicy, rose-like flowers, honey, blueberry, ripe peach, a hint of chocolate. The finish is rich and blueberry-toned, but cup and finish both stiffen just a bit as the coffee cools, revealing a hint of heavy astringency.

Notes: The unusual character of this coffee derives from two sources: botany and processing. The older, traditional Ethiopian varieties of the Arabica species that produce coffees like this one introduce a distinctive fruit and floral character to the cup. In the case of this coffee, the fruit notes are given a slightly fermented wine- and berry-toned nuance by the processing method, the dry or "natural" method, in which the beans are dried inside the coffee fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed. This coffee is organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. It is part of Green Mountain's recently launched "Special Reserve" series of select small lots of seasonally available coffees. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is one of the country's leading specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles. Visit www.greenmountaincoffee.com or call 800-223-6768 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of bold, fruit-forward red table wines.


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