Saturday, October 4, 2014
Review 1 - Starbucks Reserve: Sun Dried Ethiopia
This will be my first review and I will try to be doing coffee and whisky reviews as I thoroughly enjoy drinking both and both can have complexity in the nose and palette.
Today I will be reviewing Starbucks Reserve: Sun Dried Ethiopia. This coffee is from Starbucks reserve line which releases specialty beans from different countries. I have had this coffee in the past and I truly love it for its complex nose and flavor. At $20.95 Canadian for 226g it is on the higher price range for most coffee drinkers.
As with most coffee I drink it has been prepared using filtered water and brewed in a French press.
The freshly ground coffee bring a nice note of fruit and tart. Once brewed the scent of roasted beans takes place over the fruit bringing with it a floral note.
This brew is quite dark. It creates a very dark brown coffee with a slight red hue that I don't normally see in most coffee.
Taste is slightly bitter and the acidity is low. With some cream this brew opens up a little to bring out some of the fruity flavors. I recommend not putting too much cream in this as it can dilute the flavor. There is a slight wood note in there as well. Most dark roasts are not very acidic this tends to be an exception. I do find most dark roasted coffee tends to lose some of the beans natural flavor. This one seems to be more intact and that makes it a very flavorful dark roast.
The finish lingers for a bit leaving traces a woody flavor.
This is one of my favorite coffee's dark and robust but still lively and acidic. If you get a chance to pick one of these up at your local Starbucks give it a try! Please note that not all Starbucks stores have the Starbucks Reserve line, make sure to check the Starbucks website to see if your local store has them in stock.