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Blind Assessment: Delicate, complex, lively. Distinct honey and crisply sweet cacao-nib with lavender-like flowers and an herby hint, cilantro perhaps, in aroma and cup. Lively, floral-toned acidity; very light but silky mouthfeel. Lavender in particular carries into a quietly rich finish.

Notes: Ninety Plus is a distinguished boutique exporter 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. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A nicely conducted extreme light roast develops the lyric sweetness and delicate complexity of this very pure dried-in-the-fruit coffee. Those who enjoy sophisticated lagers with floral-toned hops might be particular candidates for this one.

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