Surf City Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Soquel, CA|
|Coffee Origin:||Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia|
|Review Date:||October 2004|
For both Ken (90) and co-cupper Christy Thorns (91), extraordinary aroma: For Christy "freshly grown ginger, orange peel, apricot, mint and lemon." Ken stressed the "caramelly fruit that transforms completely into chocolate." In the cup, smooth, creamy mouthfeel and, for Ken, a character "sweetly and deeply tart - dark chocolate and lemon."
Its tendency to high-toned, floral and citrus sweetness has made Yirgacheffe, from a lushly beautiful range of hills in southern Ethiopia, one of the world's most distinctive coffees. Surf City is an employee-owned, small-batch, mainly wholesale specialty roaster located close to the California coast near the city of Santa Cruz. Its motto is "Made by Surfers, for Surfers." Visit
Who Should Drink It
Who shouldn't? A sound, complete coffee with great aromatic excitement but without the perhaps perfumed overstatement of some Yirgacheffes.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 2004 tasting report: Ethiopia and Kenya: The World's Most Distinctive Coffees