Intelligentsia - Free Shipping on all Consumer US orders over $30

This Tikur Anbessa Organic Ethiopia was built meticulously from the ground up. The espresso format highlights its extraordinary depth and structure with flavors of soft citrus, juicy peach and raisin sweetness.
  • SKU 231002
  • Country Ethiopia
  • Region within Country Benti Nenqa, Guji Zone
  • Elevation 1850 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farmer / Producer Name Metad + local smallholders
  • Buyer Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar Ethiopian heirlooms
  • Harvest Time December 2016 - January 2017
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic Yes
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
USDA organic 1
CitrusStone FruitDried Fruits

Tikur Abbessa Organic Single Origin Espresso

ESPRESSO, EVOLVED

Espresso is an interesting topic these days. We have been witnessing something of an evolution in which shots are trending toward higher yields and lower concentrations: less in, more out. While we haven’t been pro-actively pushing this approach, we haven’t been exactly passive, either.

No coffees in our lineup are as aggressively deconstructed as our espressos. Our weekly cross-departmental Black Cat Project cuppings are a place where our Roasting Department, QC Department, Retail Educators and Baristas experiment relentlessly with new roast profiles and extraction approaches to optimize our espresso lineup. Our shot specs have reflected this trend, with yields stretching and concentrations tapering over the past year. We have tread carefully, because we believe only coffees harvested on the farm and processed at the mill with as much attention to detail as we take to quality control in our lab can hold up to this approach to extraction.

WHAT’S ORIGIN GOT TO DO WITH IT?

I believe that this trend only works when everyone along the supply chain pays it forward. Only when producers become more refined in their harvesting, fermentation, and processing can millers and exporters get more granular and refined in their lot construction. These improvements, in turn, flow downstream and create new opportunities for roasters like me. We are beginning to see more defined gas adjustments and exciting new development ratios in the roasting process that enable us to deliver more soluble, expressive and dynamic coffees to our baristas.

For this single-origin espresso offering, our second SOE release this season, we invited our QC and Retail teams to identify coffees that were built meticulously from the ground up, and to leverage those upstream investments for downstream innovation.

TIKUR ANBESSA!

From the very beginning, our Tikur Anbessa Organic Ethiopia was a favorite across the board for its intensity, flavor definition, and overall consistency. Several other great coffees emerged throughout the process that would have fit the bill, but in the end we kept coming back to our first love, Tikur.

With the coffee selected, our roasters set forth to develop a roast profile that controls the fruit acids and accentuates the sweetness in this dreamy Ethiopian coffee. Once our Roasting Department had the coffee in a range it felt good about, we began asking the Retail Educators to assist with further refinements. We did this through an iterative process in which we sent trial roasts to our Retail teams across the country, asking them to pull shots and evaluate the coffee and share their perspectives. After a couple weeks, during which barista evaluations informed adjustments to the roast, we landed together on a profile that brings forth a sweet coffee that sings with soft citrus, drips with deep, juicy peach notes, and is grounded in a roundly sweet raisin flavor.

Our Tikur Anbessa Organic Ethiopia is an extremely exciting coffee in any format, but espresso allows us to show of its depth and exceptional structure in a way is harder to highlight on the pour-over bar, where Tikur often lands. This is a unique and exciting coffee that highlights steady progress at every link on our Direct Trade supply chain.

Enjoy!

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.