|Santa Barbara, California
|Coffee component from the Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.
(Pre-ground blend of coffee, cardamom and cinnamon) The spice sensation is intense and dominating throughout the profile, reading as a bitter, resiny orange with a sharp cinnamon overlay. In the cup the mouthfeel is full and the taste simultaneously sweet and brassily bitter.
All ingredients in this pre-ground blend of coffee, cardamom and cinnamon are certified organically grown. Indigenous Coffees offers a selection of single-origin coffees blended with spices (actual spices, not extracts) that often reference traditional beverage concepts. In this case, combining cardamom with coffee is a widespread practice in northern Africa, making the use of an Ethiopian coffee in this blend particularly appropriate (though the addition of cinnamon may globalize the concept a bit). Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who crave intensity as the price of any semblance of balance or subtlety or, for that matter, coffee flavor.
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This review originally appeared in the September, 2006 tasting report: Experimenting with Tradition: Naturally Flavored Coffees