Broadsheet Coffee

Bombe Natural Sidama

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Origin: Jimma Zone, Oromia State, Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2019

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Fruit-forward, sweetly herbaceous. Raspberry coulis, lemon verbena, cacao nib, sandalwood, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart structure with brisk acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to raspberry and cocoa with a sandalwood throughline underneath.


This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from New England roasters for Coffee Review’s February 2019 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are largely produced from distinctive indigenous varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a dry-processed or “natural” 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. Certified organic. Broadsheet Coffee Roasters is a café and roastery based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.broadsheetcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: An especially clean natural-processed coffee: a fruit bomb tempered by rich aromatic wood notes.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2019 tasting report: New England Coffee Roasters: Embracing (and Reinventing) Tradition

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