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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2008, 5:12pm
Subject: Re: An Exploration of Ethiopian Sidamos by Karen Hamilton
 

I am no pro in terms of coffee, but I have found Ethiopian Sidamo to be excellent. I recently had access  to Cup of Excellence, through my local coffee roaster, Georgio's in Huntington, NY. I couldn't believe how good it was. I normally drink Sidamo, and Horse Harrar. I have tried Yirgacheffe, but did not like it.

I want to say thank you for this site, and the fact it is open to coffee lovers like me, who need to learn more. I have tried several coffees from my roaster, and know when I like it, or not. That is my rule, and I don't like to go along with the hype.
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Posted Sat Dec 27, 2008, 1:02am
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SL28ave Said:

According to Gary H's picture, Barefoot's Sidamo is from the Mordecofe Co-op and was Natural processed. Stumptown is also selling a Mordecofe Co-op, and it was Washed (not Natural). Could make a great comparison.

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I didn't get to try the Stumptown washed Sidamo but I did get to try a wet processed Sidamo from a local roaster. I did like the wet processed Sidamo ristrettos a lot better than the natural Sidamo ristrettos. But then I'm comparing a natural and wet Sidamo from different roasters so my observation regarding dry vs wet may not mean anything.

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Posted Sat Dec 27, 2008, 1:05am
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I also used the wet processed Sidamo to make coffee with the Chemex and it tasted quite similar to the Barefoot natural Sidamo but the natural was the better tasting drip coffee.

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Posted Mon Dec 29, 2008, 10:50pm
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Continue to explore Sidamos? Sure, it's great. On 12/28/08 I was at Verve in Santa Cruz and they had this Sidamo which they told me has a peach flavor. Good enough reason for me to buy a half pound of beans. I brewed some coffee with the Dale Sidamo on this $10 at Walmart coffee maker. I ground the beans quite fine using setting 15 above touching burrs on my Rocky. Grind about 40 gram beans, use 30oz cold tap water to get 25oz coffee which was clean, smooth and it did taste like peaches. Very nice coffee. Really enjoyed it! How can such a cheap coffee maker produce such great tasting coffee?

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Posted Tue Jan 6, 2009, 9:11pm
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Sidamo seems to be in vogue these days.  I had the pleasure of tasting a nice medium-roasted washed Sidamo at a roastery in the Chicago suburbs over the holidays.

Then, I was spying on Starbucks last month and they were offering a dry-processed Sidamo for the holidays.  I was not brave enough to try any and was wondering if anybody had and could share?  Or maybe nobody here really keeps up with Starbucks, which is probably best!
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Posted Wed Jan 7, 2009, 9:55am
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MiaTazza Said:

Then, I was spying on Starbucks last month and they were offering a dry-processed Sidamo for the holidays.  I was not brave enough to try any and was wondering if anybody had and could share?  Or maybe nobody here really keeps up with Starbucks, which is probably best!

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I keep up with Starbucks because they very recently installed a Clover at some of their locations. I had a Starbucks Sidamo which was not a good cup of coffee. Minor blueberry with some carbon flavor. See report with pics in the western region forum on page 2.
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Posted Wed Jan 7, 2009, 11:13am
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Thanks Gary H for keeping this going. MiaTazza, Sidamo isn't just in vogue today,  it has been regarded as one of the very greatest coffees for quite a few decades, if not a century. Not all Sidamos are good, and the good ones are often screwed up along the chain, so maybe that's why the vogue seems on and off. Perhaps many great roasters are also so used to Sidamo's greatness that they forget to continually express it.

2 years ago I tried a natural Sidamo at Starbucks, or at least I think it was a Sidamo, and wasn't impressed. If it's still similar right now, I'd skip it.

A washed Sidamo to check out right now is Terroir's Ademe Bedane. The espresso roast of it, brewed as espresso, might blow your mind out of the galaxy.
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Posted Fri Jan 9, 2009, 11:03am
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SL28ave Said:

Thanks Gary H for keeping this going. MiaTazza, Sidamo isn't just in vogue today,  it has been regarded as one of the very greatest coffees for quite a few decades, if not a century. Not all Sidamos are good, and the good ones are often screwed up along the chain, so maybe that's why the vogue seems on and off. Perhaps many great roasters are also so used to Sidamo's greatness that they forget to continually express it.

2 years ago I tried a natural Sidamo at Starbucks, or at least I think it was a Sidamo, and wasn't impressed. If it's still similar right now, I'd skip it.

A washed Sidamo to check out right now is Terroir's Ademe Bedane. The espresso roast of it, brewed as espresso, might blow your mind out of the galaxy.

Posted January 7, 2009 link

I don't own an espresso machine, but maybe I could pull at shot or two at my shop.  Thanks for the recommendation!
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Posted Fri Jan 23, 2009, 12:41pm
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Great post!
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Posted Fri Jan 23, 2009, 2:38pm
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"2 years ago I tried a natural Sidamo at Starbucks, or at least I think it was a Sidamo, and wasn't impressed. If it's still similar right now, I'd skip it" Starbucks DOES have many good qualities to be recognized.

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