Coffee Review - Ethiopian Sidamo by Johnson Brothers Coffee
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2012
Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $11.99/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense aroma and flavor: brandy, blueberry, dark chocolate, fresh-cut fir. Gently bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. The sweet-toned cup develops a savory edge as it cools, which carries into a complexly dry, chocolaty 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. It 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. Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who favor fruit-forward red wines with lots of oak may be particularly well-suited candidates for this engaging, rather muscular and complex version of the Ethiopia dried-in-the-fruit cup, one that comes with reassuring environmental and social credentials.


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