Sidama Njori is a complex coffee, loads of berry notes propped up on a base sweetness of caramel candy. Citrus come out in the cool cup, with the most complexity at City to City+. Full City and beyond builds chocolate/roast aspect playing well off a fruited backdrop. City to Full City+. Single Origin Espresso (a wild one!).
Unfortunately, we don't know a whole lot about the specific origin of this Sidama coffee. "Njori" just means "berry" in the Ethiopian language of Ahmaric, which seems appropriate for a coffee that is with this profile. It's one of only a few purchases we made through the ECX this year, and because of this, most provenance is stripped before the coffee hits the market. We do know this is from Sidama, but no washing station name is attached. Basically all farmers that are not part of a cooperative submit their coffee to the exchange where it is first graded, and then sold in tiers based off that graded category. For the buyers, this makes it near impossible to uniquely market these coffees (not that anyone's trying - see "Deri Kochoha"). But we also want great coffee, period, and so it's difficult to resist an amazing sample no matter where it comes from (and with ECX we know farmers are paid based on their coffee's grade tier, and they are paid quickly - not always so with intermediaries). And that's what we find with this coffee - an amazing Sidama, that is visually and cup profile-wise Grade 1 all the way.
Sidama Njori lives up to it's name, berry fruits perfuming the aromatics as well as the brewed coffee. At City+ roast, the dry fragrance is front-loaded with raspberry and blue berry smells, so pectin-sweet, like berry jam or pie filling. It's an alluring fragrance, and with the addition of hot water has you hovering above the cup, taking in a potent smell of jammy fruits and perfumed florals. It's a culmination of rich butterscotch, ripe berry notes, and a scent of star jasmine (very Sidamo-like) off the break. The cup is laden with syrupy fruit flavors, like fruited maple syrup and blueberry pancakes. OK, maybe that's a stretch, but the fruit and sugar elements of that combination are present, and City+ roasts have a tartness too that add some structure to the cup. A cocoa powder note comes through too, becoming much more prominent the deeper the roast. Edging toward Full City and you get a rich flavor of bittersweet cacao bar, as well as baked stone fruits, molasses, and of course mixed berries. It's a sweet cup, bodied, and for those who appreciate naturally processed Ethiopias as espresso, this one's highly recommended.