Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Ethiopia Washed Phoenix Special “Muse”

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: NT $1400/16 ounces

Review Date: October 2018

Agtron: 40/48

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, rich-toned, floral. Jasmine, vanilla, pink grapefruit zest, cedar, dark chocolate in aroma and small cup. Delicate, lively mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, notes of jasmine and vanilla take center stage, supported by dark chocolate.


Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from largely indigenous, traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purpose-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An elegant, floral-driven espresso, simultaneously delicate and rich.

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