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Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Ethiopia Natural Phoenix Special “Andromeda” Espresso

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Oromia region, southwest Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: NT $2000/16 ounces

Review Date: October 2018

Agtron: 40/50

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, richly chocolaty, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, peach, candied almond, tangerine zest, magnolia-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush, satiny mouthfeel; resonant, long, bittersweet finish. In three parts milk, chocolate and magnolia-like flowers round and amplify.

Notes:

Yirgacheffe coffees like this one are largely produced from traditional indigenous Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is less predictable and deeper than the wet-processed or “washed” floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. Like virtually all coffees from the Yirgacheffe region, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purpose-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A confident, floral-and chocolate-toned natural-processed Ethiopia espresso.

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