AHRIRE Roasting

Nekisse Red N2 Level 39

Location: Pu'Er Yunnan Province, China

Origin: Sidamo (also Sidama) growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: RMB $235/125 grams

Review Date: November 2015

Agtron: 63/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Invitingly complex, vividly expressive. Starfruit, musk, butterscotch, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Lyric, gracefully coherent acidity; ultra-silky mouthfeel. A full complement of flavor notes carry deep into a long, resonant finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 2 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015.  Nekisse is a proprietary type or brand of Ethiopia coffee developed by Ninety Plus, a distinguished boutique developer and importer of innovative small-lot coffees from Ethiopia and Panama. Grown near Neji in the Sidama/Sidamo growing region, this Ethiopian coffee is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. AHRIRE is a micro-roaster spun off from the ManLao River project, a non-profit project for alleviating poverty and protecting the environment in the Pu’er region of Yunnan Province. AH-RI-RE or “Tiger” in the Li language is the name of the head roaster, an ethnic minority member who aims in his roasting to “showcase the robust, multi-faceted flavors in nature.”

Who Should Drink It: Those looking for a beautifully structured, exceptional, poetically aromatic expression of coffee.

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