Ethiopian Organic Fair Trade Medium-Dark Roast
|Roaster Location:||Pasadena, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern Ethiopia.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||October 2008|
Blind Assessment: Deep, rather richly roasty aroma: charred cedar, dark chocolate, hints of flowers and raisins. In the cup thin-bodied and shallow, almost watery, with continued charred cedar notes hinting at dark chocolate together with a little additional tickle of flowers and perhaps menthol. The finish is sweet and rich in the short, mildly astringent in the long.
Notes: Available at $8.49 per valve-topped 13-ounce fiberboard can, an equivalent of $10.45 per pound, at most Trader Joe's outlets. Certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning this coffee was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. By industry standards this is not the "Medium-Dark" roast as described on the can; it is a very dark roast. Trader Joe's is an innovative discount gourmet supermarket chain currently with stores in over twenty states but with no mail order. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who so enjoy extreme dark-roasted coffees that they will put up with a rather listless rendition of one at a good price with excellent social and environmental credentials.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2008 tasting report: The Budget Aficionado: Top Value Single-Origin Coffees