Small Eyes Cafe

Ethiopia Sidamo G4 Natural Espresso

Location: Yilan, Taiwan

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

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $200/250 grams

Review Date: August 2019

Agtron: 62/78

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deeply rich, sweet, complex. Cocoa nib, ripe persimmon, tangerine zest, gardenia and myrrh in aroma and small cup. Rich, lightly velvety mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish. In three parts milk, aromatics carry through distinctly with balanced pungency and sweetness.


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. Small Eyes Café is a small, family-owned coffee shop in Yilan, Taiwan, specializing in artisanally roasted specialty coffee and homemade desserts. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Smalleyescafe for more information.

The Bottom Line: A thoroughly enjoyable fruit-forward espresso with considerable complexity, expressed by the roaster through the romantic notion written on the retail bag, “The road to love is very happy, Blowing the horn at 3pm.”

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