Paradise Roasters

S.O. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Location: Anoka, Minnesota

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Dark

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Review Date: May 2006

Agtron: 43/52

Aroma: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately soft aroma: dusk-blooming flowers, lemon, a hint of milk chocolate and caramel. In the small cup medium to light in body but smooth in mouthfeel, with continued lemon and floral top notes working above gently pungent cedar and semi-sweet chocolate mid-tones. Sweet, long, roundly lemony finish. In milk just on the edge of thin-bodied, but the lemony chocolate flavor notes are distinctive and superb.


S. O. (for Single-Origin) is Paradise Roaster’s designation for its new line of espressos based on green coffees from distinguished single growing regions. In this case the single origin is from the celebrated Yirgacheffe growing region of Ethiopia. Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those for whom elegance counts more than authority.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2006 tasting report: Better than Ever: Boutique Espressos

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