Peach, Cocoa, Spice

Peach, Cocoa, Spice

Item information

Nensebo #2

Item information

West Arsi, Ethiopia

Description

Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom

Processing: Natural

Origin: West Arsi, Ethiopia

Producers: West Arsi Smallholders

Altitude: 1900M

Score: 87

There's nothing quite like an Ethiopian natural - and this is one you're sure to remember for a long time! These heirloom beans were grown on smallholder plots of land in the West Arsi area of Ethiopia. Smallholders bring their coffee cherry to the Nensebo washing station, where it's hand-sorted and graded before processing begins. Testi Coffee owns and manages several successful washing stations in Ethiopia including Nensebo, and are well-known for their washed and natural coffees alike. For naturals - the specially-selected cherries are sun-dried on raised beds to achieve an even moisture content before milling takes place to remove the dried skins and mucilage.

The effect of natural processing generally produces "wilder" flavors - brighter acidity, intense fruit tastes, and funkier unique notes. In this natural-processed lot we're tasting peachy acidity, cocoa sweetness, and a bit of cinnamon-like spice on the back end. With tasting notes that decadent, you could certainly get away with calling this a "dessert" coffee - but we think it's a suitable brew for any time of day (or multiple times, if we're being honest).

Reviews

4.5 out of 5

Amazing flavor - almost a different beverage - incredibly satisfying

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a natural process Ethiopian but I don’t remember ever having one as fabulous as this. The aromas practically leap out of the cup. I got a strong whiff of blueberry right out of the gate. Further smells and tastes bore out the tasting notes. There is definitely a smooth cocoa flavor and a nice aftertaste that is reminiscent of cinnamon, but not quite. I can’t place it just yet, but regardless, it is delightful. This coffee is such a stark contrast with the Columbians (and even the washed ethiopian to some extent) it’s almost like a different beverage entirely. Don’t get me wrong, I fell hard for Columbians because of this club, this is just a qualitatively different experience. Wild and earthy, sweet and tasty, stark and well, unwashed! The Columbians were generally very well balanced. This is messier. It might not be for some people. But it’s absolutely worth a try because it’s so different and if you do enjoy it you will absolutely love it. I certainly do!

Rob Brayer

Seaside

Member Since

September '20

4.5 out of 5

Love the Blend of flavors

So far brewed it aeropress, 88F under a minute.

Nicholas Tripp

New York

Member Since

December '16