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Caffe Luxxe

Ethiopia Sidama Ardi

Location: Santa Monica, California

Origin: Guji Zone, Sidama Province, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2014

Agtron: 52/61

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Immense and lavish. Blueberry, guava, dark chocolate, a hint of cognac, musky, carnal flowers in aroma and cup. Richly pungent acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Guava and chocolate in particular carry into a mildly drying but deeply flavor-saturated finish.

Notes:

A spectacularly fruit-toned but unusually refined example of a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, 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. Caffe 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.

Who Should Drink It: Straightforward structure is lifted by extraordinary aromatic depth and complexity from nose to finish.

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