Manzanita Roasting Company

Ethiopia Sidamo Nansebo Station Espresso

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 52/74

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, subtle, balanced. Roasted cacao nib, clover flowers, molasses, cedar, orange zest in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth body; sweetly nut-toned finish. In three parts milk, floral and cocoa tones bloom in the short, while hints of bright orange zest resurface in the long.


Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. When processed, as here, by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying) they typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this one is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Husband and wife team Samantha and Weston Nawrocki founded Manzanita Roasting on their family’s 127-year-old winery in San Diego. Committed to quality direct-trade sourcing and skillful roasting, they are happy to be a part of what they call San Diego’s new “coffee frontier.”  Visit www.manzanitaroasting.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A balanced, accessible single-origin espresso, cocoa- and floral-toned in milk.

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