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JBC Coffee Roasters

Celinga Ethiopia Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Celinga Village, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2014

Agtron: 57/73

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Intense, brightly sweet, deep. Honey, lilac, complex fruit (blood orange, mango, passion fruit), roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a tartly drying but very sweet finish. Three parts milk rounds the cacao-nib and fruit to a rich, fruit-saturated chocolate.

Notes:

Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Yirgacheffe coffees like this impressive example processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying on raised beds) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. JBC Coffee Roasters (formerly Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters) is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Definitely not a traditionally rounded, chocolate-and-cedar Italian style espresso, yet deeper, sweeter and considerably more complex than most espressos in the brighter contemporary style.

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