Originally Posted by lefty
Blueberry comes up in your descriptions often and I've tasted it in some of your recommendations. Is this a common note? Strictly Ethiopian beans? Do I want fruity coffee?
Yes, I'd say it's exclusively Ethiopian. You will get fruit notes from coffees from elsewhere, but I don't think they will be quite as specific as this particular region of Ethiopia using this process of milling the coffee (the dry or natural process). Speaking of which, it's getting close to that time of year when Peet's will be putting out their Ethiopian Supernatural, a blueberry monster.
As for having fruit notes, I guess it's a matter of tastes and preferences. If it's well-balanced and integrated with the rest of the coffee, it's great. If it's one-notey and kind of sticks out like a sore thumb, or it's like funhouse mirrors, then it's no good.
Sometimes that can be affected by your preparation, too. On a couple of the BB Nekisse brews, I'd set my grind too fine, and while it wasn't overly bitter, the blueberry flavor had transformed into something unpleasant.