|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Sidamo Province and growing region, southern Ethiopia.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||October 2002|
Blind Assessment: John Weaver was not excited: "Medium-bodied, a little flat. Some good wine tones with a little citric flavor" (80). Ken, who tends to value nuance, rewarded this coffee for its "sweet roastiness complicated by smoky, fruity chocolate tones that carry from cup through the mildly astringent finish" (85).
Notes: Its floral and citrus tones make Ethiopia Sidamo (as well as its more geographically contained cousin, Yirgacheffe) one of the world's more distinctive coffees. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those palates that find subtlety where others find absence.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2002 tasting report: A Roast Master's Perspective on Dark Roasts: John Weaver