Tag: Ethiopia

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company // Ethiopia Gelana Abaya

Ethiopia Gelana Abaya wet mill is located just northwest of the town of Yirgacheffe, on the eastern slopes of the range of hills that separate Yirgacheffe from Lake Abaya. During our visit in November 2015 we were blown away by how tidy the facilities were […]

Wiseacre Brewing // Gotta Get Up to Get Down

Wiseacre Brewing // Gotta Get Up to Get Down

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping Gotta Get Up to Get Down, from Wiseacre Brewing in Memphis, Tennessee. Feel free to pull up a chair. The coffee Wiseacre employed for Gotta Get Up to Get Down was a natural […]

SwitchBox Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Nekisse

SwitchBox Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Nekisse

Post-Ethiopia Commodity Exchange in 2008, Ninety Plus had to pivot in a major way. With no longer having access to small farm holders picking the best garden coffee from some of their favorite sites in Aricha and Beloya, they moved to the private sector in Sidama and got straight to work.

Nekisse was the first in many ways. It was their first coffee they decided to name based on taste and location and defining their strategy to create names or Taste Profiles; a departure from naming coffees only based on location and farm which are often hard to remember. Originally named as “Nectar from Shakisso” in 2009, Nekisse has settled well in Sidama for a consistent nectar/jammy profile that sets itself apart from all other coffees in Ethiopia.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Ethiopia Nekisse, from SwitchBox Coffee Roasters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Feel free to pull up a chair.


region: Shakisso, Sidama, Ethiopia
farm: n/a
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Ninety Plus Coffee
elevation: 1700 – 2000 meters above sea level
cultivars: Ethiopia Heirloom
process: natural


The aroma of the Ethiopia Nekisse is wonderfully fragrant. This is predominantly floral-forward aroma, featuring a bouquet of soft rose hips and honeysuckle; but there are soft fruit nuances mixed in, too—citrus, red grape, peach…

The Nekisse profile features a pretty light body and a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Unlike its aroma, though, Ethiopia Nekisse’s flavor profile isn’t so floral-forward. Rather, it’s bursting with bright tropical fruit flavors. Strawberry, raspberry, red grape, peach, passion fruit… Soft florals mingle with cocoa nibs through a mildly sweet, clean finish.


I’m just going to cut right to the chase, here—SwitchBox Coffee Roasters’s Ethiopia Nekisse is as stunning a coffee as any I’ve ever had.

It’s one that is absolutely bursting with flavor, is brilliant and lively, and its clarity does a hell of a lot to really showcase those brilliant flavors. This is the kind of coffee that only comes around once in a great while; a truly special, rare coffee that can only be experienced to be believed.

Buy this coffee. Drink this coffee.

*content courtesy of Ninety Plus Coffee

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Atlas Coffee Club // Ethiopia Aramo

Atlas Coffee Club // Ethiopia Aramo

Much of the coffee that is sold as “Ethiopia Aramo” in the United States is made up of farms both inside and outside the actual village, but that are all processed at the central Aramo Cooperative. Not the case for this coffee, in that it is […]

Patriot Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Idido

Patriot Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Idido

Ethiopia Idido is famous in the world of Ethiopian Coffee. Named for the village located just a few kilometers from the cooperative and mill that were among the first in the world to craft meticulously prepared natural processed coffees under the name ‘Idido Misty Valley’. […]