Espresso Review - Ethiopian Shanta Golba by Johnson Brothers Coffee
Roast: Medium Review Date: May 2012
Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $10.99/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Deep and sweet in the aroma with mint- and brandy-toned dark chocolate, apricot, peach. In the cup the chocolate and fruit turn crisp and salty-savory with an anise-like pungency. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; rich, heavyish, bittersweet finish. In two parts milk the coffee recovers its lift and sweetness with the chocolate and stone fruit softening and blooming.

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: Particularly distinctive and agreeable in short milk with its stone fruit and chocolate notes, while the straight shot will please those who enjoy rough but engaging fruit-toned beverages.


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