Coffee Review - Ethiopia Sidama Union Fair Trade Organic by Bard Coffee
  • Bard Coffee

    Portland, Maine
  • Ethiopia Sidama Union Fair Trade Organic

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2011
Origin: Sidama growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $14.90/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense, high-toned aroma: rose-like flowers, nut-toned cocoa, orangy citrus. All carry into the cup, where the citrus turns lemony and zesty. Crisp, balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. A rather juicy version of the citrus dominates in a long, resonant finish.

Notes: This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair-Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. Its floral and citrus tones make Ethiopia Sidama (as well as its more geographically focused cousin, Yirgacheffe) one of the world's most distinctive coffees. Sidama is also found spelled Sidamo. Bard Coffee is a coffeehouse and roasting company based in Portland, Maine particularly focused on distinctive single-origin coffees. Bard Coffee is co-owned by Bob Garver, founder of Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting and a frequent judge at barista competitions in the United States and internationally. Visit or call 207-899-4788 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Pure, crisply floral and citrus wet-processed Ethiopia of the classic style with Fair-Trade/organic credentials.


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