Green Mountain Coffee
Ethiopian Shanta Golba Natural Sidamo
|Roaster Location:||Waterbury, Vermont|
|Coffee Origin:||Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia.|
|Review Date:||September 2007|
In the aroma deep, sweet, with exhilarating floral top notes and a fruit ferment that reads persuasively as raisiny chocolate with a hint of cedar. In the full-bodied cup the dark, raisin-toned chocolate and the floral notes sustain, while the pungent tendencies in the aroma intensify, contributing a cedary, herby, rather salty character to the profile. The fine aromatics regain the upper hand in the floral- and chocolate-toned finish.
The unusual character of this coffee derives from two sources: botany and processing. The older, traditional Ethiopian varieties of arabica that produce coffees like this one introduce a fruit and floral character to the cup. And in the case of this coffee, the fruit notes are given a fermented nuance owing to the processing method, the dry or "natural" method, in which the beans are dried inside the coffee fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed. Fermenting of fruit sugars during the lengthy drying period of such "natural" coffees is not inevitable, but typical in regions like Sidamo with relatively humid conditions during drying. This coffee is part of Green Mountain's "Special Reserve" series of select small lots of seasonally available coffees. Keurig/Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, pioneered single-serve capsule brewing in the United States with its Keurig brewing system, and remains one of the country’s leading large specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com or call 888-879-4627 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy beverages that walk a complex line between the sweet and the savory; peaty Scotch whiskies and the more pungent tequilas for example.
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