Ethiopia Sidamo Organic by Thanksgiving Coffee Review |
  • Thanksgiving Coffee

    Fort Bragg, California
  • Ethiopia Sidamo Organic

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: October 2004
Origin: Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Although co-cupper Christy Thorns (87) felt the Ethiopia citrus and floral notes turned "somewhat passive" under the impact of the roast, she praised the "complex aromatics of ginger, clove and toasted grain" and a spicy finish. Ken also found spice notes also in the aroma (black pepper, clove), but particularly admired the cup for its round mouthfeel and "juicy and sweet but vegetal" character, "a bit like biting into a ripe plum and tasting the skin and the flesh at the same time." What we can take away from all of this is a coffee with less floral and citrus character than a classic wet-processed Ethiopia, but with more spice and tingle.

Notes: Sidamo coffee, which can originate from a growing region considerably larger and more diverse than the more geographically limited and more celebrated Yirgacheffe, tends to share the latter's lemon and floral character, though perhaps less explosively. Certified organically grown. One of America's groundbreaking socially and environmentally progressive roasters, Thanksgiving aimed to combine coffee quality with social and environmental responsibility long before the latter preoccupations became fashionable. Visit or call 800-648-6491 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of the tingle.


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