Shearwater Coffee Review : Ehiopia & Colombia
I recently received two packages of coffee from Shearwater Coffee Roasters. They sent their Quinchia, a medium roast Colombian, and Homacho Waeno, a light roasted Ethiopian Sidama. Shearwater Coffee Roasters currently offers 11 different USDA organic certified, specialty coffees. They carry single origin, such as these, as well as blends and decaf. They are located in Trumbull, CT. While all of their coffee is certified organic, most of their offerings are also fair trade certified. They roast with a Diedrich IR-12, which uses less energy than other conventional roasters.
While both of these coffees were great, I preferred the Colombian. The roast profile gave the coffee more depth, than compared to the Ethiopian. Mind you, I love a bright, light-roasted coffee, I just happened to prefer the Colombian between these two particular samples. The Ethiopian beans were smaller than average size (pictured below), and some of the beans were still encased with chaff. My grinder, not sure if by design or chance, holds the chaff inside. Once the coffee is ground, I removed the receptacle carefully, leaving the chaff inside of the grinder. When I gave it a couple of thumps, the chaff was released.
Overall, both coffees were pleasing to taste, and I would be content with these for my daily drinking brew. The aroma of the coffees was fabulous, with the Ethiopian possessing a notable, soft fruitiness, as opposed to the heavy floral characteristics of the Colombian. Both of these aromas translated in the cup as well. The only negative to the Ethiopian, was a detectable grassy taste, which could very well dissipate with more rest. It was soft and bright at the same time, with citrus and a hint of brown sugar. The Colombian was mellow, yet complex for a single origin. The flavor notes of black cherry and red wine were pervasive, but not overpowering.
At about 15-16 dollars per 12 oz. package, these coffees are reasonably priced for ethically traded, organic certified, specialty coffees.
To check out the offerings at Shearwater coffee, visit their website: http://www.shearwatercoffeeroasters.com
The coffee for this review was provided at no cost, but with no requirement for a review, positive or negative. This review was not sponsored by Shearwater Coffee Roasters, and no compensation was received for its publication.
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