Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Peru Blend – Farewell Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia / Peru Blend
  • Roaster
    Farewell Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Bend, Oregon
  • Estimated Price
    $14 / 12 px
  • Flavor Notes
    Sweet strawberry shortcake / Dark chocolate
  • Process
    Natural / Washed
  • Country
    Ethiopia / Peru
  • Roast
    Light Medium / Deep Medium

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
8 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
8 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
10 / 10
Balance
10 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
8 / 10
Pros
  • Really well balanced
  • Nice acidity
  • Flavor develops nicely as the coffee cools

Cons
  • Aroma a bit lacking
  • Flavor notes not as pronounced

Farewell Coffee Roasters is a small batch craft coffee company located in Bend, Oregon. They sent a sample of their current single-origin offering from Colombia and a blend of their Ethiopia and Peru single-origins. I almost always choose a single-origin over a blend, but in this case even though the Colombia was delicious, their Ethiopia/Peru blend captured my attention.

The coffee starts off with a more mild aroma featuring strawberry most predominately. The flavor carries on with a similar trend. The strawberry notes were most pronounced, but it also had some roasted notes as undertones. It has a wonderful acidity that hits you right at the beginning and carries nicely through each sip.

I thought this was a great coffee because it was so balanced and approachable. So many of the coffees I love are bold, fruity and bright. While those coffees align with my preferences, they aren’t for everyone. This blend does a really nice job melding the great attributes of a light-roasted naturally-processed coffee from Ethiopia (with its bright acidity and fruity flavor notes) with a more balanced, medium-roasted coffee from Peru (with its dark chocolate flavor notes and deeper sweetness). The combination creates a really well balanced coffee that is easy to drink.

The Bottom Line

While this coffee didn’t have any in-your-face flavor notes or amazingly unique attributes, it was such a great coffee all around. It is a coffee almost anyone could brew and enjoy—regardless of your coffee preference.

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