Ethiopian Coffee Rankings

Post #2 in the CR Series! To see the Consumer Reports on Colombian Coffee post, click here.

In the September 2011 issue of Consumer Reports, they took a look at Colombian and Ethiopian coffees.  I’ll love CR, I am the type of person who researches a product before I go out and spend money on it and I feel that Consumer Reports does a great job of testing products.  Of course I do not base my decisions solely on their findings but they are a good starting point in most cases.  I’ll share with you some of their best coffee buys and recommendations!

I will be splitting this up in to two posts so that you aren’t overwhelmed with one massively long post…see how much I care about you? :)

Ethiopian Coffee

*Coffees are ground and 100% Colombian

Packaged Coffee Recommended

Very Good: Overall flavorful and fairly complex coffees. Fine choices even when black.

#1 Caribou Ethiopia Finjal Organic Medium- $14.99/lb (about 55 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Green/Sharp, Floral, Chocolate, Caramel and Nutty.  Off notes are  Fairly to overly bitter.

**#2 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf- $13.95/lb (about 29 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Fruity, Cherry, Floral, Chocolate, Caramel and Nutty.  Off notes are Fairly to overly bitter. The **Denotes that this is a CR Best buy!

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 Packaged Coffee

Good: Generally not very complex, with more negatives; milk and sugar might help.

#3 Peet’s Coffee Ethiopian- $15.95/lb (about 37 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Cherry, Floral, Chocolate, Caramel and Nutty. Off notes are Dull woody, Papery and Fairly to overly bitter.

#4 Orleans Coffee Exchange- $11.25/lb (about 22 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity and Nutty. Off notes are Fermented and Papery.

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As a little bonus, here is a tip on storing coffee from CR:

-Mo

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