Ethiopia Sidamo Decaffeinated
|Roaster Location:||San Francisco, California|
|Review Date:||July 2002|
Sweet floral and lemon tones shimmer above rather bitterly pungent bottom notes. The combination of juicy sweetness and pungent bitterness nets a sensation almost pineapple-like in its bracing contradiction. The pungent bottom notes, always present in Sidamos, are heavier than usual here, perhaps owing to the vicissitudes of decaffeination, though they settle and soften as the cup cools.
Its explosive floral and citrus tones arguably make Ethiopia Sidamo (as well as its more geographically limited cousin, Yirgacheffe) the world's most distinctive coffee. This Sidamo was decaffeinated by the conventional or direct solvent method. Capricorn Coffees, founded in 1963, is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's oldest specialty roasting companies. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Excellent drip coffee for caffeine-avoiding coffee romantics, and a fragrant, lemony candidate for brewing as iced coffee.
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This review originally appeared in the July, 2002 tasting report: Fun without the Buzz: Decaffeination Processes and Issues