JBC Coffee Roasters

Chelelektu Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 51/73

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, richly layered. Jasmine, passionfruit, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, lemon zest in aroma and small cup. Crisp, very silky mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to citrus notes grounded in rich aromatic wood. In three parts milk, all of the sweet notes bloom further, with spice-toned florals leading the way.


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). Ethiopia coffees processed with this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on floral notes. 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: A compelling espresso as both straight shot and in cappuccino-scaled milk: delicate and deeply rich, with notes of tropical fruit, jasmine and crisp lemon zest.

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