Caffe Luxxe

Ethiopia Oromia

Location: Santa Monica, California

Origin: Shakiso growing district, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 49/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, fruit-toned. Dried blueberry, lemongrass, brandy reduction, scorched elm, lantana-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gentle, round acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is carried by notes of dried blueberry in the short and lemongrass and smoky aromatic wood notes in the long.


Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, 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. Caffè Luxxe is an Italian-inflected artisan roaster and retailer that emphasizes both its coffee knowledge and precision and its straightforward lack of pretension. Visit www.caffeluxxe.com or call 310-394-2222 for more information.

The Bottom Line: This natural-processed Ethiopia cup is an engaging study in contrasts: sweetly fermenty fruit notes juxtaposed with suggestions of gently scorched aromatic wood.

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