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Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Ethiopia Queen Sheba Natural Yirgacheffe Phoenix Special

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $1500/16 ounces

Review Date: January 2017

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, deeply sweet, complex. Sandalwood, lychee, orange zest, narcissus, cumin in aroma and small cup. Full, creamy mouthfeel; floral-toned, chocolaty finish. Elegantly rich in three parts milk: sandalwood and lychee in the short finish and cocoa-toned floral notes with a hint of spice in the long.

Notes:

Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from distinctive Ethiopian 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. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purpose-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Invitingly rich and balanced as a straight shot; deeply chocolaty with floral notes as cappuccino.

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