Green Mountain Coffee
Special Reserve Ethiopian Sidamo Natural Process
|Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia
A sweet fruit ferment contributes to an intense aromatic complexity that carries from nose to cup: Spicy, rose-like flowers, honey, blueberry, ripe peach, a hint of chocolate. The finish is rich and blueberry-toned, but cup and finish both stiffen just a bit as the coffee cools, revealing a hint of heavy astringency.
The unusual character of this coffee derives from two sources: botany and processing. The older, traditional Ethiopian varieties of the Arabica species that produce coffees like this one introduce a distinctive fruit and floral character to the cup. In the case of this coffee, the fruit notes are given a slightly fermented wine- and berry-toned nuance by the processing method, the dry or "natural" method, in which the beans are dried inside the coffee fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed. This coffee is organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. It is part of Green Mountain's recently launched "Special Reserve" series of select small lots of seasonally available coffees. Keurig/Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, pioneered single-serve capsule brewing in the United States with its Keurig brewing system, and remains one of the country’s leading large specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com or call 888-879-4627 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of bold, fruit-forward red table wines.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2006 tasting report: Now or Never: Special Reserve Coffees