region: Gedeo, Sidama, Ethiopia
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Ninety Plus
elevation: 2000 meters above sea level
The aroma of the Ethiopia Tchembe is a complex one. It’s fruity and floral, sophisticated and delicate with scents of night flowers, banana, berry, jasmine, and—most strangely—brandy.
The flavor follows the nose in that this a peculiar, complex, intoxicating coffee. The coffee is on the lighter side of a medium body and possesses a rich, supple, buttery mouthfeel. Its flavor profile is deep and brooding, with a complex mixture of dark/fleshy and light/vibrant fruit flavors; raspberry, papaya, peach, apple, chocolate-covered cherries… Things gets even more complex with additional flavors of honey, butterscotch, and cherry tobacco, which leads to a flowery, slightly dry, white wine finish.
*content courtesy of Vigilante Coffee Company
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