Intelligentsia Coffee

Benti Nenqa Ethiopia

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Hambela District, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2016

Agtron: 63/94

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, sweetly intricate. Toffee, dried fig, hops, rhododendron-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. The sweetly rich finish is saturated with cacao and floral suggestions.


Produced by the METAD farm and mill in southern Ethiopia. Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. Intelligentsia is a distinguished specialty roaster and a leader in sourcing and roasting small, exceptional lots of coffee. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An intricately composed wet-processed Ethiopia, crisply floral and resonantly sweet.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2016 tasting report: When the Small Get Big (and the Big Try for Small)

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