Espresso Review - Ethiopia Nigusie by Johnson Brothers Coffee
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: September 2011
Origin: Limmu Kossa District, Jimma Zone, Oromia State, Ethiopia Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Intense aroma: semi-sweet chocolate, rose-like flowers, sweet cherry. All carry into a cup complicated by pungent citrus and aromatic wood. Syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate and rose notes linger in a complex finish. Strong presence in two parts milk: dry, lemony and dark-chocolate-toned. Begins to soften and sweeten toward toffee in three parts milk.

Notes: "Natural" process means the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after removal of the fruit. Nigusie Lemma is a coffee farmer in the Mitto Gunim area of the Limu Kossa district northwest of Jimma. Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of sophisticated, high-cacao chocolates. Complex in the small cup, masterful in milk.


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