Roasters Note

Ethiopia Guji Gigessa

Location: Changhua County, Taiwan

Origin: Guji Zone, Oromia Region, south-central Ethiopia

Roast: Light

Est. Price: NT $460/8 ounces

Review Date: April 2018

Agtron: 60/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

High-toned, deeply sweet. Black currant, honey, sandalwood, narcissus-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with juicy, bright acidity; full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of black currant and honey in the short, rich cocoa-toned sandalwood in the long.


This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees roasted by women for Coffee Review‘s April 2018 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Roasters Note is a Taiwan-based micro-roaster specializing in small-batch roasting of the highest-quality Arabica coffee. Visit  https://www.facebook.com/RoastersNote/ for more information.

The Bottom Line: A juicy, bright Ethiopia cup with engaging fruit and floral notes and hints of rich aromatic wood, with a throughline of crisp, nut-like roasted cacao nib.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2018 tasting report: Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That "She's the Roaster"

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