Stonefruit, Jasmine, Caramel

Stonefruit, Jasmine, Caramel

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Nensebo Refisa

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West Arsi, Ethiopia


Variety: Wolisho, Kurume

Processing: Washed

Origin: West Arsi, Ethiopia

Producers: Small-holders

Mill Manager: Negusse Debela

Altitude: 1850-2000m

This incredibly floral and smooth coffee comes to us from the hamlet of Refisa in the West Arsi zone of Ethiopia. The coffees are grown by local small-holders and processed at the communal washing station managed by Negusse Debela. Coffees in this area are primarily Wolisho and Kurume - two cultivars that are wide-spread enough and distinct enough to be discerned amongst all the other landraces that make up the "Ethiopian Heirloom" category. Wolisho plants are taller and tend to produce larger cherries, while Kurume plants tend to be smaller and yield more cherries than other plants. After being hand-picked, cherries from these two types of plants were washed in fresh spring water and dried on raised beds for 20 days to acheive an even moisture content.

The resulting coffee is distinctly Ethiopian in flavor - with a strong stonefruit note reminiscent of apricot and plum. A delicately floral jasmine note rises from the brew, and a smooth, sweet, caramel tone fills in the body of the cup to round out the experience. This coffee is certainly what fans of great African coffees are looking for: Sweet and smooth with a touch of fruit-forward acidity. We'd suggest brewing a big pot and having some friends over, but this coffee is so good you might not want to share. Cheers!

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5.0 out of 5

Another Winner

The streak continues.

Tim McCarthy


Member Since

June '16

3.5 out of 5

Nensebo Refisa

A nice Ethiopian coffee, smooth and balanced, although I like a little more acidity in my cup. Subtle with a slightly sweet finish.

Randall LaLonde


Member Since

July '15

4.5 out of 5


Well-balanced, sweet and juicy, this is one delicious coffee.

Ethan R


Member Since

October '15

4.5 out of 5

Smooth fruit forward

Nicely fruity and very smooth and delicate.

Will Bklyn


Member Since

January '16

5.0 out of 5

Bright and full of flavor

Excellent Ethiopian coffee! I love the fruity flavor - bright and sweet, just how I like it.

Elizabeth Elizabeth

Los Angeles

Member Since

October '18