Regarding what makes those flavors in Ethiopians, I think the usual mix of many heirloom coffee beans is the biggest factor. For naturals, the process also imparts big flavor that is repeated in other coffees from other parts of the world.
My coffee drinking is almost exclusively espresso, but I do miss the flavor of a fruity Ethiopian coffee from time to time. Importing and roasting is not an option for me because I live in a coffee producing region (Big Island, Hawaii) and importing of Ethiopian green beans is illegal because of some potential pest or disease problem that could affect local coffee crops. So, anyone know of where I can find a roasted espresso blend that features this flavor? Never found one myself.
Also, can anyone tell me what produces that distinctive ethiopian flavor? I have tasted some coffees grown in the Ka'u district of Hawaii that have a very similar flavor to ethiopian, but others from farms practically next door do not.
Thanks everyone. I've tried a number of your suggestions and so far all have been most enjoyable. And I haven't found any problem getting these green beans shipped to Hawaii so I'm not happily home roasting!
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