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Cafe Virtuoso

Ethiopia Sidama Shantewene

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Sidamo (also Sidama) growing region, south-central Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2019

Agtron: 58/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Richly fruit-toned, musky sweet. Raspberry jam, fine musk, apple brandy, hop flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart-savory in structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, resonant finish with raspberry, brandy and hops carrying into the long.

Notes:

Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are largely produced from distinctive indigenous Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a dry-processed or “natural” 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. Cafe Virtuoso is a small-batch coffee roaster that is ethically invested in procuring, roasting and delivering the highest quality and best-tasting organic coffee in San Diego. Visit www.cafevirtuoso.com or call 619-550-1830 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A clean, bright natural Sidamo cup: high-toned fruit, deep musk notes, bittersweet complexity.

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