Flying Goat Coffee
Ethiopia Sidamo Koratie Dry Process
|Sidamo growing region, southern Ethiopia.
Sweet berry-toned aroma with deepening hints of aromatic wood. Balanced sweet, winy acidity, with a smooth and syrupy mouthfeel. Concentrated dried blueberry and a fruit punch-like sweetness in the cup are balanced by a slightly musty note that reads as pleasant nuttiness. Long, dry finish with lingering notes of nut and cedar.
This coffee is certified organically grown and Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Unlike the majority of Ethiopia coffees imported to North America, which are processed by the more orthodox wet or washed method, this is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans are dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit is removed, as is the case with wet-processed coffees. When all goes well and the fruit dries relatively cleanly, with only slight mildew or ferment, this ancient procedure can add lush, berry-toned sweetness to the beans, as it does here. Flying Goat Coffee is a leading boutique retail/wholesale roaster located in the wine country of northern California. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy a lushly fruity, mildly pungent cup with excellent environmental credentials.
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This review originally appeared in the September, 2008 tasting report: The Rainforest Alternative: Twelve plus One Rainforest-Certified Coffees