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Caffe Luxxe

Ethiopia Oromia

Location: Santa Monica, California

Origin: Shakiso growing district, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 49/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, fruit-toned. Dried blueberry, lemongrass, brandy reduction, scorched elm, lantana-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gentle, round acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is carried by notes of dried blueberry in the short and lemongrass and smoky aromatic wood notes in the long.

Notes:

Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Caffè Luxxe is an Italian-inflected artisan roaster and retailer that emphasizes both its coffee knowledge and precision and its straightforward lack of pretension. Visit www.caffeluxxe.com or call 310-394-2222 for more information.

The Bottom Line: This natural-processed Ethiopia cup is an engaging study in contrasts: sweetly fermenty fruit notes juxtaposed with suggestions of gently scorched aromatic wood.

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