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Posted Wed Oct 15, 2008, 12:00am
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An Exploration of Ethiopian Sidamos
by Karen Hamilton

As the CoffeeGeek Coffee Discovery Series Kicks off, we have a look at Ethiopian Sidamos supplied by Ecco Caffe, a Santa Rosa, California Roaster. This consumer tasting event took place in September.
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Posted Sat Oct 18, 2008, 9:57pm
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A very nice article!

I vividly remember thinking many months ago when I first heard about Operation Cherry Red that it deserved to be written about. Opened this article... Voila!

I for one hope to read about future tastings like this too...
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008, 4:34pm
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Surprised there isn't more commentary on this article - given it's been read 22,000 times since posted.

I have some questions for CG'ers, for the next article covering the event this Sunday coming up

- what did you like and not like about this article
- what would you like Karen to focus more on?
- would you like more interviews with the attendees, or more personal observations by Karen?
- More photos? Less photos?

Any other suggestions on what you'd like to see in this continuing column?

Looking forward to seeing some of you this Sunday - details are here: http://www.coffeegeek.com/podcasts/ritual.pdf

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:18pm
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Three Sidamos were used to make coffee. Coffee was imported by Trabocca. I've seen that name before when it was used to name a coffee. I didn't know Trabocca was an importer. So that's interesting information.

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:20pm
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How many Sidamos are there? Here's one from PT's I tried.

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:24pm
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I also used PT's Sidamo to make drip coffee at home. I bought this coffee because PT's is a good and famous roaster, I recognize the Sidamo name, and I like the taste description. Other than that I have no clue if this Sidamo coffee tastes better or worse than the three Sidamos written about in the article. Should I be able to tell from the flavor description which one is the better Sidamo?

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:26pm
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Blue Bottle: famous roaster. Sidamo: well known coffee bean. So I buy it at the Broken Door coffee house in San Jose. Pulls nice shots. I have no clue as to how this Blue Bottle Sidamo is different (source, grade) from PT's or the ones described in the article. The Sidamos I've tried do have a different flavor profile.

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:29pm
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Flying Goat in Santa Rosa, California. They have a Sidamo on the shelf. I recognize the name. So I buy it. Pulls nice shots. So I got to try another Sidamo. Both Flying Goat and Ecco are in Santa Rosa! I have no idea where Flying Goat got their Sidamo and how it's different from the Ecco Sidamo. So I don't feel the need to go and buy any Ecco Sidamo.

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:32pm
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Verve in Santa Cruz has a Sidamo. Looks like everyone has a Sidamo. I buy it because Verve is good and I recognize the Sidamo name. How many Sidamos are there and how can I know which ones are the really good ones? It's easy to know what is a great coffee when it comes to COE coffees because these have been scored by judges. When I buy a top scoring COE, like a COE #1, or even a COE #10, I can taste it's quality coffee. But how can I tell which roaster has the better Sidamo?

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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008, 5:33pm
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I had this very nice French Press Koratie coffee at Four Barrel. I found out later that this is a Sidamo! They didn't put the Sidamo name on the bag so I didn't know it was a Sidamo. All I know is that this Sidamo was roasted by Stumptown in Portland. I have no idea what sets this Sidamo apart from the others I've tried. So that's confusing. I go to various coffee houses and I see all these Sidamos. I have Sidamos coming out of the wazoo. So to me this article is about just another three Sidamos. It becomes meaningless after a while.

I also would like to know how Sidamos are different from other Ethiopian coffees like Harrar, Misty Valley, Yirg (others)?.

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