Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Sidama – Ampersand Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Ampersand Coffee Roasting - Ethiopia Sidama

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Ethiopia Sidama - Natural
  • Roaster
    Ampersand Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Boulder, CO
  • Estimated Price
    $16.00/12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Fresh blueberry, chocolatey body
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Heirloom
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    Sidama
  • Elevation
    1500 – 2000 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    V60, Chemex, Cold brew
  • Other Notes
    Fair Trade, Organic, Café Femenino

Coffee Scoring

8.5
Aroma
10 / 10
Body
7 / 10
Flavor
8 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
8 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
8 / 10
Pros
  • Nice fruity notes
  • Strong berry aroma
  • Price

Cons
  • Lacks the complexity found in many other naturally processed coffees

I visited Ampersand Coffee Roasters on a recent trip to Boulder. Their shop is really a cool place. They offer flights of coffees to either sample different coffees as cold brew or the same coffee brewed differently to taste the differences. My first experience with this coffee was in the cold brew flight I received while at the roastery. The coffee really paired well against the other coffees in the flight (washed Ethiopian, Guatemala & Papau New Guinea) and the aromatics in the cold brew method were unbeatable.

When I got home and brewed it in both V60 and Chemex, I was slightly disappointed. It still has some great aromatics and wonderful fruity notes, but some of the complexity I remembered were not as present when brewed at home.

The Bottom Line

While this isn’t one of the best natural coffees I’ve tried, it is still a very solid coffee and for the price (usually natural coffees range from $19-24/12 oz), it is worth trying.

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