Coffee Review - Ethiopia Sidamo Natural by Te Aro Roasted
  • Te Aro Roasted

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Ethiopia Sidamo Natural

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2010
Origin: Sidamo growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: CAD $17.00/16 oz.

Blind Assessment: Rich, brandy-like notes dominate in this classic dried-in-the-fruit coffee, complicated and enriched by cherry, orange and floral nuance. The balanced, well-integrated acidity is perhaps more wine-like than brandy-like; the mouthfeel is big and syrupy. The brandy tendency turns slightly astringent in an otherwise fine, flavor-saturated finish.

Notes: This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. With roots in New Zealand, Te Aro Roasted is a Toronto-based coffee company that emphasizes its "fresh air roasting,” a technology that utilizes a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit or call 416-465-2006 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy big, fruit-toned red table wines.


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