Paradise Roasters

Ethiopia Biloya Special

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2007

Agtron: 57/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Intense, sweet-toned, chocolate and blueberry aroma with a slight pungent edge. In the cup sweetly acidy, with a full, syrupy mouthfeel and lavish red wine and blueberry notes. The finish is rich, berry-toned and extraordinarily clean for this style of coffee.


Most southern Ethiopia coffee is prepared by removing the fruit before the beans or seeds have been dried, producing a cleanly high-toned, often intensely floral- and citrus-toned cup. This Ethiopia is a “natural” or dry-processed version, however, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, producing a flavor profile that is lower-toned with a deep, wine-and berry-like fruit. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this striking and unusual coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of big, complexly fruity red table wines.

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