JBC Coffee Roasters
Ethiopia Chelbesa

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Madison, Wisconsin


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: Ethiopia
Process: Washed, dried on raised beds
Character: Plush
Acidity: Lively
Farmers: Smallholder Farmers
Altitude: 2200 Masl

Calling all Yirgacheffe lovers. Our Chelbessa Ethiopia elegantly displays the classic tasting notes we have come to love from this beloved coffee growing region in Ethiopia where some of the world’s best coffees are grown. It is floral and lively with tasting and aroma notes of strawberry, raspberry, lemon-lime soda, rose and tropical punch. This particular coffee is certified organic and shade-grown on plots intercropped with other food crops, creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly growing environment. Ripe coffee cherries are selectively hand harvested by smallholder farmers who then deliver their cherries to the Chelbessa Washing Station, a family-owned and operated washing station in the Yirgacheffe region. Chelbessa’s team processes only the ripest cherries. After sorting, coffee is pulped and fermented for 24 to 36 hours. The coffee is then washed and sent through grading channels, where it is separated based on density. Once graded, the coffee is soaked in clean spring water in tanks for 12 to 24 hours. The coffee is then dried on raised beds for 10 to 14 days, where it is regularly turned, hand sorted, and covered during the hottest parts of the day to protect from drying to quickly. It is also covered at night to prevent condensation from seeping into the drying coffee.

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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1181 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Aroma

    5.00 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    This JBC Ethiopian coffee provides an exquisite blend of flavors that is surprisingly reminiscent of Colombian coffee, with its full body and exceptional smoothness setting it apart from other single-origin options. The robust black tea notes and a subtle herbal and floral undertone create a sophisticated and complex profile, captivating the palate from the first sip. The balance achieved between these bold flavors and the coffees inherent characteristics is tasty and complex.

    The coffees acidity is delicately handled, presenting itself in a citrusy fashion without overwhelming the taste buds. The finish is particularly noteworthy, leaving a refreshing aftertaste of tangerine and lemon that lingers just long enough to invite another sip. Its a nice blend of flavors that results in a coffee experience that is both vibrant and comforting.

    Cupping Method:Chemex pourover 207C, from the JBC fall sampler

  • Victoria S-C

    454 roasts rated, avg score of 4.31

    4.50 - Average

    This one was really good. I normally prefer Latin American coffee over African ones!
    8 months ago · See more from Victoria
  • Emily Schadler

    93 roasts rated, avg score of 4.24

    5.00 - Average

    This cup was pleasantly surprising, with a thoroughly enjoyable complexity that bloomed throughout the sip. I

    Cupping Method:Hario V-60 pour over

    4 months ago · See more from Emily

More Details

Roast Level: Light
Light roast coffee is a delicately roasted coffee that retains more of the beans' natural flavors and characteristics. Light-roasted coffees have bright acidity, complex fruit, and floral notes. Light roast coffee does not have less caffeine than darker roasts because caffeine levels remain stable during roasting.
Bean Source Country: Ethiopia
Widely regarded as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia boasts diverse and complex flavors, from bright, floral, and citrusy in Yirgacheffe to wine-like and berry-toned in Sidama. The country's heirloom varieties, combined with unique processing methods, make Ethiopian coffee truly distinctive and sought-after by enthusiasts worldwide.

Best Rated Roasts of JBC Coffee Roasters

JBC Coffee Roasters is a coffee roaster from Madison, WI United States. We have 15 cataloged roasts with 21 total reviews with a score of 4.44.

International Rank: #17 out of 862
Ranking is based on a combination of reviews and popularity on CoffeeRoast.com
Name Roast Level Bean Source
Light Medium Indonesia
Light Guatemala
- Colombia
Light Kenya
Light Burundi
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