Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Shakiso Natural – Brandywine Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Ethiopia Shakiso Natural – Brandywine Coffee Roasters

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Shakiso Natural
  • Roaster
    Brandywine Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Wilmington, Deleware
  • Estimated Price
    $20 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Berries, citrus, vibrant
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Ethiopian Heirloom
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Shakiso
  • Elevation
    1900 - 2630 MASL
  • Producer
    Mormora
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, espresso, flash brew
  • Roast Date
    May 18, 2020
  • Review Date
    June 12, 2020

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9.5 / 10
Pros
  • Sweet
  • Fruit-forward with strong berry notes
  • Great in flash brew

Brandywine Coffee Roasters likely has some of the coolest bags around. They are an iconic coffee brand and one I’ve had on my list to try for a long time. I recently reviewed the Mistobox subscription service and as part of that subscription had the opportunity to try this naturally processed Ethiopian from Brandywine.

The coffee begins with a mildly strong and sweet aroma of berries. During brewing the aroma became sweeter and I smelled specifically notes of strawberry. In the flavor I tasted strong notes of fruit and berries (specifically strawberry) with a mild undertone of chocolate. As the coffee cooled the sweetness and berry notes became even more pronounced. There was a sharp acidity that was even throughout each sip and a light, tea-like body. The sweetness carried the same fruit-forward attributes as the flavor. The coffee worked well in a variety of brew methods, but I was most impressed with it as a flash brew where the aromatics, sweetness and berry notes were incredibly pronounced.

The Bottom Line

Ethiopia Shakiso Natural aligned perfectly with what I’d expect in a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee. It didn’t have many surprises, but still was incredibly delicious.

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