Te Aro Roasted
Ethiopia Sidamo Natural
|Roaster Location:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Sidamo growing region, southern Ethiopia.|
|Est. Price:||CAD $17.00/16 oz.|
|Review Date:||November 2010|
Blind Assessment: Rich, brandy-like notes dominate in this classic dried-in-the-fruit coffee, complicated and enriched by cherry, orange and floral nuance. The balanced, well-integrated acidity is perhaps more wine-like than brandy-like; the mouthfeel is big and syrupy. The brandy tendency turns slightly astringent in an otherwise fine, flavor-saturated finish.
Notes: This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, 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. With roots in New Zealand, Te Aro Roasted is a Toronto-based coffee company that emphasizes its "fresh air roasting,” a technology that utilizes a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy big, fruit-toned red table wines.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2010 tasting report: Brandy and Surprises: The New Naturals