Cafe Virtuoso

Bean Brain Reserve Suke Quto Ethiopia Sidamo Espresso

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Sidamo growing region, south-central Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2016

Agtron: 60/80

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, chocolate toned. Blood orange, sandalwood, jasmine, dark chocolate, almond paste in aroma and small cup. Silky mouthfeel; nut and fruit notes persist in the finish. Fills out three parts milk with a complex range of chocolate, fruit and nut suggestions.


One of Virtuoso’s “Bean Brain” limited edition coffees, this one is sold in an edition of 250 bags, numbered by hand. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. When processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying) they typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this one is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Cafe Virtuoso is a small-batch coffee roaster that is ethically invested in procuring, roasting and delivering the highest quality and best-tasting organic coffee in San Diego. Visit www.cafevirtuoso.com or call 619-550-1830 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A classically elegant washed Ethiopia, roasted for espresso applications, intricate and balanced in milk.

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