Location: Helena, Montana

Origin: Bench-Maji Zone, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $13.50/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2018

Agtron: 56/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisply sweet, fruit-toned. Raspberry, roasted cacao nib, honey, fresh-cut fir, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart in structure with vibrant acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The long, lasting finish centers around cocoa-toned honey and freesia.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from U.S. Mountain States roasters for Coffee Review’s October 2018 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional, largely indigenous 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. Caffeic is a family-owned, Montana-based roaster with a focus on sourcing and sharing the highest-quality coffees available. Visit www.caffeic.coffee for more information.

The Bottom Line: A sweetly fruit-forward natural-processed Ethiopia with spicy-floral intrigue.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2018 tasting report: Mountain States Coffee Roasters: High Elevations, Classic Coffees

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