|Roaster Location:||Floyd, Virginia|
|Coffee Origin:||idamo (also Sidama) growing region, southern Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||$20.99/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2020|
|Acidity /Structure :||9|
Blind Assessment: Very sweet, high-toned, richly floral. Star jasmine, lemon verbena, pineapple, cocoa nib, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with juicy, levitating acidity; delicate but syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, long, floral-toned finish.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 8 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2020. The coffee tied for the highest rating in a cupping of “desert-island coffees” submitted by roasters for Coffee Review’s May 2020 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are largely produced from distinctive indigenous Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Processed by the washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Certified organic. Established in 2010, Red Rooster is an organic-certified micro-roaster focusing on socially conscious coffee and high-quality coffee. Visit redroostercoffee.com or call 540-745-7338 for more information.
The Bottom Line : An exceptional washed-process Sidama cup evoking a garden in spring, vivid with complex sweet-spicy florals. Plus, it’s certified organic.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2020 tasting report: Desert-Island Coffees: What To Drink When You’re Stuck at Home