Desert Sun Coffee Roasters

Organic Ethiopia Sidama Natural

Location: Durango, Colorado

Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, south-central Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2018

Agtron: 51/73

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly chocolaty and fruit-toned. Dark chocolate, dried berries, mesquite, orange zest, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet structure with balanced acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The finish is redolent of dark chocolate and dried berries with a hint of mesquite.


This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from U.S. Mountain States roasters for Coffee Review’s October 2018 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional, largely indigenous 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. Desert Sun’s roastery is located at nearly 7,000 feet above sea level in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It imports its coffee through its membership in Coop Coffees, a cooperative importer. Visit www.desertsuncoffee.com or call 866-998-6299 for more information.


The Bottom Line: A deep, rich, chocolaty natural-processed Ethiopia coffee with intriguing notes of mesquite-like aromatic wood.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2018 tasting report: Mountain States Coffee Roasters: High Elevations, Classic Coffees

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