|Ithaca, New York
|Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia.
Very sweet; floral-toned and delicate. Honey, lavender, honeysuckle, peach, guava, lightly roasted almond in aroma and cup. Gentle, bittersweet acidity. Light but lively mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly honey and almond, carries into a gently drying finish.
Certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning this coffee was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Sidama (also Sidamo) is a coffee-growing region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Sidamo coffees like this one are processed by the “natural” or dry-process, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a deeper-toned floral and fruit character. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. This coffee was awarded third-place honors for the East Africa category at the 2014 HarVee awards for retail-roasted renditions of green coffees imported to North America by Sustainable Harvest Specialty Coffee Importers. Gimme! Coffee is a small-batch roaster with four espresso bars and an irreverent but passionate vision of coffee. Visit www.gimmecoffee.com or call 877-446-6325 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy a light-roasted, sweetly honey- and floral-toned coffee with enough guava-like pungency to give the cup depth and authority.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 2014 tasting report: Roast, Variety, Sustainability: HarVee Awards Coffees 2014