Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian Arabian Nights
|Roaster Location:||Logan, Utah|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern Ethiopia|
|Review Date:||September 2004|
Blind Assessment: Minty and fresh tobacco notes in the dry fragrance. In the hot aroma dry fruit notes of prune and wisps of spicy sweet chocolate. In the cup the dark roasting amplifies body, but mutes many of the attributes specific to this elegant origin. For me this coffee ultimately suggested a lovely old-master painting, sparkling with jewel-toned detail that centuries of darkened varnish have dulled. Nevertheless, it displays the depth and intensity of a well-crafted and classic French roast. (Lindsey Bolger)
Notes: From the OROMIA Cooperative in southern Ethiopia. Certified organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning small-holding farmers have been paid a "fair" or economically sustainable price for this coffee. According to Caffe Ibis, the reduced atmospheric pressure and cool climate of its high mountain location in Utah create optimal conditions for slow, dark roasting. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy sashimi-grade tuna pan-blackened.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2004 tasting report: The Fair-Trade Cup: Quality and Controversy