|Roaster Location:||Hanover Park, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Harrar growing region, east-central Ethiopia|
|Review Date:||May 2003|
A wildly flawed but perversely interesting coffee. Dramatically uneven from cup to cup, with some cups dominated by a heavy and rather oppressive Mediterranean spice character (thyme or rosemary) and others displaying less oppressive and more pleasant floral and bitter fruit tones - in the latter case, imagine bitter-chocolate-covered jasmine petals. All of this aromatic peculiarity probably derives from a combination of mildly fermented fruit with a musty overlay acquired while the still fruit-encased beans were drying.
Coffeemaria is a boutique micro-roaster that, via its website, sells coffee roasted to order and same-day shipped. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Only those fascinated by the stranger reaches of coffee character. Milk softens and sweetens some of this coffee's many rough edges.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2003 tasting report: Roasters without Stores