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Mellelo Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Organic Dark

Location: Medford, Oregon

Origin: Southern Ethiopia

Roast: Dark

Est. Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 32/38

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly pungent, resonantly roast-toned. Musk, orange zest, baker’s chocolate, scorched mesquite, floral top notes in aroma carry into the cup, where the chocolate moves forward. In structure sweetly and vibrantly roast-toned, balanced, resonant. Light, satiny mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers dominate in the short finish; the long turns slightly scorch and dry, though flavor persists.

Notes:

This excellent coffee was recognized as one of the three most exciting darker roasts of 2017.  Certified organically grown. This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of nearly 130 darker-roasted coffees for Coffee Review‘s August 2017 tasting report. Mellelo Coffee Roasters is a three-location quality-oriented roastery and cafe chain established in 1992 by Salvatore Mellelo in Medford, Oregon. Visit www.mellelo.com or call 541-779-9884 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A no-apologies dark roast that retains resonant complexity and vibrant balance throughout the profile.


This review originally appeared in the August, 2017 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Coffees: Confessions and Amends

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