Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Sulawesi “Tanah Kebangkitan” Phoenix Special Espresso

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Toraja growing region, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: NT $700/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2015

Agtron: 44/56

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, intricate, pungently floral. Baker’s chocolate, grapefruit, lavender, stone fruit in aroma and small cup. Lightly satiny, lively mouthfeel. A crisp, floral-toned chocolate dominates in the finish and carries with brisk elegance into three parts milk.


Coffee from the Toraja region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, colonial name Celebes, typically displays a wild and often earth-toned character, the result of unorthodox methods of fruit removal and drying. This Sulawesi, however, is a wet-processed or “washed” processed coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying, which netted an impressively original, cleanly pungent and floral profile, nicely displayed in this fine espresso. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purposed-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who pursue experiences simultaneously refined and exotic.

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