Big Shoulders Coffee

Ethiopia Limu

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Limu Woreda, Oromia region, southwest Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2018

Agtron: 54/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Bright, rich-toned, deeply sweet. Tangerine zest, almond paste, lemon verbena, honeysuckle, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweetly herbaceous in structure with juicy, bright acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The citrusy finish is carried by notes of tangerine zest and lemon verbena.


Limu (also spelled Limmu) is a growing region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional, largely indigenous varieties of Arabica long grown in the area. Ethiopian coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Big Shoulders Coffee is a Chicago artisan roaster that emphasizes a fresh-roasted, no-nonsense approach to fine coffee. Visit www.bigshoulderscoffee.com or call 3312-846-1883 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A sweetly and intriguingly herb- and citrus-toned washed-process Ethiopia cup, delicately bright yet rich.

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