Roast House

Gigisa Ethiopia

Location: Spokane, Washington

Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $25.00/340 grams

Review Date: December 2016

Agtron: 60/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and richly spicy. Mango chutney, baker’s chocolate, freesia, tamarind, cumin in aroma and cup. Juicy, sweet-tart acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The clean, resounding finish is laden with floral and chocolate notes, with an intriguing hint of cumin.


Produced by the Gigisa Cooperative, comprised of 850 smallholding farmers. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a tasting of holiday coffees for Coffee Review‘s December 2016 tasting report. Roast House is a small-batch, quality-focused roaster specializing in farm-direct organic-certified and Fair Trade Certified coffees. Visit roasthousecoffee.com or call 509-995-6500 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A spice-toned natural-processed Ethiopia, packaged in an apothecary bottle as a vitamin might be, suggesting the health benefits of good coffee.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2016 tasting report: Holiday Gift Coffees 2016

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