Monday, August 18, 2014

Mugged: Ethiopia [Driven]

Subject: Driven Coffee Roasters
Coffee Mugged: Ethiopia Sidamo
Rating [see key]: 4+

It's hard to get a definitive pulse on a roaster by only trying one of their coffees, so when opportunity arises to try a different coffee from a new-to-me roaster, I tend to jump on it. Recently, I jumped at an opportunity to take a second crack at Driven Coffee Roasters out of Minneapolis. 

This time they sent out their Ethiopia Sidamo, a coffee from a multifaceted region known for stellar beans. Naturally, I brewed it via pourover, french press and siphon, but due to circumstances beyond my control, much of my siphon notes were lost.

The pourover doled out chocolate, dandelion greens, cherry, apple, buttered cracker, oregano and slight ginger, making for a savory and sweet coffee with a heavy body and vague brightness. 

The french press held more bright facets, with notes of chocolate, raspberry, dandelion greens, oregano, apple and a medium body.

The siphon, as I mentioned my specific notes were mostly lost, but overall this infusion produced a cup similar to the other two. 

All in all, I found this Ethiopian Sidamo to be a good coffee full of some pleasant notes and qualities. If you're in the market for a deep and slightly bright Sidamo, check out this batch from Driven Coffee Roasters.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.

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