Organic Ethiopian Washed Sidamo
|Roaster Location:||Boulder, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Sidamo growing region, southern Ethiopia.|
|Review Date:||November 2009|
Blind Assessment: Deeply complex, protean aromatics. In both aroma and cup a pungent fruit reads variously as black currant, raisin, dried fig, apricot, nut, dark chocolate. A hint of flowers. Brightly rich acidity, dense mouthfeel, long, tartly sweet finish.
Notes: Although a logo for "FairTradeProof.org" appears on the label of the attractive 12-ounce valve-topped can, the absence of the trademarked Fair Trade seal indicates it is not certified by TransFair USA, the sole American certifier for the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO). Conscious Coffee is, however, affiliated with the buyers' group Cooperative Coffees as well as the Fair Trade Federation, a membership (rather than certifying) organization devoted to "providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide." Ethiopian coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) express floral and citrus notes with particular intensity. Conscious Coffee is a wholesale roasting company focused on organic single origin coffees and direct trade relationships with growers. It is committed to low impact business practices and "supporting communities, not commodities." Visit
Who Should Drink It: Unusual, complex aromatics and bright, assertive acidity.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2009 tasting report: Quality and Fair Trade Certified Coffees