Coffee Review - Ethiopia Amaro Natural from Matt's Organic Coffee
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  • Matt's Wood-Roasted Organic Coffee

    Pownal, Maine
  • Ethiopia Amaro Natural

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: August 2010
Origin: Sidamo growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $11.75/12 oz.
 

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Intense floral-toned aroma with fruit complications. In the small cup lightly syrupy mouthfeel and complex, rather savory, layers of chocolate, flowers and fruit: blueberry, stone fruit, lemon. The chocolate note sweetens and the fruit complex persists in the long, sustained finish. In two parts milk the flavors simplify slightly but maintain character.

Notes: Certified organically grown, this coffee is processed with great care by Ethiopia's only female coffee mill owner, Asnakech Thomas, who pays high prices for ripe cherry from smallholders in Ethiopia's Amaro region. This coffee is dry-processed, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, producing a flavor profile that is lower-toned than the usual Ethiopia Sidamo profile, with deeper, wine-and berry-like fruit. As the name indicates, Matt's Wood-Roasted Organic Coffee focuses on sourcing fine organic coffees and roasting in small batches on a vintage Italian wood-fired roaster. Visit www.mattscoffee.com or call 207-660-3333 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Richly complex fruit and flowers in a dry-processed, single-origin Ethiopia espresso. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel and complex, rather savory, layers of chocolate, flowers and fruit: blueberry, stone fruit, lemon.

AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:40/56


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