Ethiopia Gedeo Natural Process
|Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia.
Lushly sweet and honeyish but very complex across a range of sensation. On the sweet side, plum, blueberry and citrus flower; on the pungent, pine and tart lemon. A minty, brandyish dark chocolate fills in the middle. Balanced, juicy acidity; syrupy yet lively mouthfeel. Simplifies just a bit in the finish, though a chocolaty sweetness manages to soften a lean toward drying astringency in the long.
This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with the wet-processed or "washed" coffees more typical of southern Ethiopia. This coffee consists entirely of local heirloom varieties of Arabica. Coffea Roasterie is a South Dakota-based wholesale and retail roaster, offering a small but refined selection of mostly single-origin coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Overall complexity and balance could make this selection an interesting starter dried-in-the-fruit coffee for purists who are tempted to stray from their clean and classic wet-processed habits.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2011 tasting report: Single-Variety Coffees: Aficionado Fun