Coffee Review - Ethiopian Sidamo by Boyds Coffee
  • Boyds Coffee

    Portland, Oregon
  • Ethiopian Sidamo 2

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: July 2011
Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $15.00/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense, complex aroma: flowers, ripe lemon, lemon zest, with a rounding hint of stone fruit, apricot perhaps. Delicate, balanced acidity; lean but silky mouthfeel. The floral notes recede in the cup and a crisp, lemony cocoa develops, carrying into a sweet-toned finish.

Notes: Ethiopian coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) express floral and citrus notes with particular intensity. The number 2 in the coffee name doubtless is a reference to Grade 2, the most widely available grade for fine wet-processed Ethiopia coffees. Established in 1900 in Portland, Oregon and continuously led since by the Boyd family, Boyds is the longest-operating coffee roaster in the Pacific Northwest. Visit or call 503-666-4545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Ethiopia flowers, lemon and cocoa nuance in a complex, bright but sweetly balanced cup.


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