JBC Coffee Roasters

Gedeb Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Gedeb District, Yirgacheffe growing region, south-central Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.75/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2018

Agtron: 51/74

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Layered, complex. Dark chocolate, mango, grapefruit zest, cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Mango, chocolate and a hint of flowers persist in a deeply resonant finish. Crisply lively in three-parts milk: continued chocolate and mango-like fruit, while the floral suggestions hint at butterscotch.


Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. A wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. 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: Fine wet-processed Ethiopia skillfully medium-roasted for presentation as espresso. Layered and pleasingly shifting aromatics persist throughout, from aroma through the milk shot.

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