Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Ethiopia Washed Yirgacheffe “Paradise” Espresso

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $1400/16 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 47/70

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly rich, chocolaty. Chocolate fudge, myrrh, sandalwood, frangipane, lavender in aroma and small cup. Full, fudge-like body. The lavender- and sandalwood-inflected finish is also deeply chocolaty, resonant and sweet. Sweet and savory are enticingly balanced in three parts milk.


Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from distinctive Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Southern Ethiopia coffees processed by this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on 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: A big, round, intense floral- and chocolate-driven Yirgacheffe espresso.

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