Tandem Coffee

Nano Challa Ethiopia

Location: Portland, Maine

Origin: Jimma Zone, Oromia State, Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2019

Agtron: 55/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

High-toned, deeply sweet. Mango, gardenia, fresh-cut pine, molasses, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with pert, lively acidity; viscous, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is redolent with mango and hazelnut.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from New England roasters for Coffee Review’s February 2019 tasting report. Ethiopia coffees like this one are largely produced from distinctive indigenous Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in their respective regions. Most likely this coffee was produced by villagers on small garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Tandem Coffee is a café and roastery based in Portland, Maine. For more information, visit www.tandemcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: A pretty Ethiopia coffee characterized by tropical fruit and spice-toned flowers.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2019 tasting report: New England Coffee Roasters: Embracing (and Reinventing) Tradition

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