Old Soul Co.

Decaf Ethiopia Sidamo

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2017

Agtron: 48/73

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Surprising and melodic, delicate yet vivid. Lilac and lemon blossom, fresh sweet grass, honey, moist pipe tobacco, fresh-cut elm in aroma and cup. In structure subtly and sweetly tart. Very light, silky mouthfeel. Unexpectedly rich and flavor-saturated in the finish: pipe tobacco, honey, lemon blossom.


Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from distinctive traditional Ethiopian 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.  Decaffeinated at the Descamex plant in Mexico by the “Mountain Water Process” which does not involve use of solvents. Old Soul is a roastery, bakery and crafter of artisanal goods dedicated to quality in every form. Visit www.oldsoulco.com or call 916-443-7685 for more information.

The Bottom Line: This very light-roasted decaffeinated coffee may suggest a fine, complex Chinese black tea in some respects, though it ultimately enforces its coffee identity with its tart structure and light-footed authority. Oddly idiosyncratic in its aromatics, but quite free of the disturbing wood notes characteristic of many decaffeinated coffees.

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