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JBC Coffee Roasters

Halo Beriti Ethiopia

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.90/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 53/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, sweet-toned, herbaceous. Milk chocolate, spearmint, gardenia, sarsparilla, date in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart, vibrant structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The cocoa- and floral-toned finish, with undertones of sweet herb notes, goes on and on.

Notes:

Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This lot was processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Southern Ethiopia coffees processed with this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. JBC Coffee Roasters’ vision is simple: “let the coffee lead the way” through sourcing and roasting the best and most unique coffees available and rewarding the farmers who grow those coffees with substantial premiums. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An unusual washed Ethiopia cup, suggesting a very adult version of a chocolate and root beer float perhaps, but with deep floral and fruit complications.