Ethiopia Sidamos by The Roasterie Review |
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ethiopia Sidamos

Roast: Very-Dark Review Date: October 2002
Origin: Sidamo Province and growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: John Weaver was not excited: "Medium-bodied, a little flat. Some good wine tones with a little citric flavor" (80). Ken, who tends to value nuance, rewarded this coffee for its "sweet roastiness complicated by smoky, fruity chocolate tones that carry from cup through the mildly astringent finish" (85).

Notes: Its floral and citrus tones make Ethiopia Sidamo (as well as its more geographically contained cousin, Yirgacheffe) one of the world's more distinctive coffees. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit or call 800-376-0245 for more info.

Who Should Drink It: Those palates that find subtlety where others find absence.


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