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? :)
*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!
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.
As a little bonus, here is a tip on storing coffee from CR:
- Starbucks-rivals clash over Ethiopian coffee exchange (bizjournals.com)
- Consumer Reports’ Best Coffees: Gloria Jean’s, Newman’s Own Rank Highest (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ethiopia’s Coffee Market: Bitter for Some (businessweek.com)