Fratello Coffee Roasters
Ethiopia Sidamo Natural Special Prep.
|Roaster Location:||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||CAD $38.37/32 oz.|
|Review Date:||July 2010|
Blind Assessment: Big round floral aroma with notes of sweet berry, stone fruit and dark chocolate. In the cup, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and rich acidity; suggestions of peach and apricot intensify as does the berry-toned dark chocolate. Although some fruit complexity is lost in the finish, a cocoaish sweetness lingers far into the long.
Notes: 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 cleanly, without developing fermented or musty notes, this ancient procedure can contribute lush, fruit-toned sweetness to the beans, as it does here. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Expressively complex fruit and floral character in this dried-in-the-fruit Sidamo.