|Roaster Location:||Santa Clara, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Wollega (also Welega) growing region, western Ethiopia|
|Review Date:||June 2008|
Blind Assessment: Both Ken (89) and co-taster Heather Perry (87) admired the aroma: "creamy berry" for Heather, "bananaish fruit with floral top notes" for Ken. But for both the mouthfeel was a bit lean in the small cup and the flavor a bit sharp, though Ken admired the continued floral notes. For both tasters the profile smoothed in the long finish, with a sweet flavor persistence that suggested chocolate for Ken, "blackberry pie" for Heather. Heather found it lost sweetness in milk but Ken was pleased, finding it crisp with "true chocolate" notes.
Notes: Certified Fair Trade, meaning coffee purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. Ghimbi (also spelled Gimbi) is a principal town and also an Ethiopian market name for a mainly dry-processed coffee from the Wollega region. Traditionally an unrefined coffee used in inexpensive blends, some Ghimbis recently have been recreated by new partnerships between growers and buyers as dry-processed coffees in the finer, fruitier style of Ethiopia naturals. Volcafe refers to the specialty arm of Volcafe Coffee, a distinguished global coffee trading company. Barefoot Coffee Roasters is an award-winning and widely recognized small-batch roasting company that describes itself as "a happy little cafe and roastery in the heart of Silicon Valley." Visit www.barefootcoffeeroasters.com for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Fruity nuance may make this espresso a nice consolation for dessert-skippers.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2008 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos 2008