The Roasterie

Ethiopian Organic

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Origin: Southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 48/65

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Pungent nut, hints of herb and earth in the sweet-toned aroma. In the cup full mouthfeel, crisp earth notes, dry, berryish fruit and a slight herby or gingery tingle. Rich, sweet, berry-toned finish.


This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that specializes in building ongoing relationships with growers and that emphasizes its commitment to “air roasting,” a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit www.theroasterie.com or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Sensory fence-sitters. The berry notes are Ethiopia, the musty earth notes more Sumatra than Ethiopia, but together they offer a sweet-finishing, versatile sensory package.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands

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