Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse debuts in Seattle

Locality: Neji
Region: Sidamo
Process: Natural drying protocols
Altitude: 1800 meters
Varietals: Several mixed, not yet defined
Language: Amharic / Sidama / Oromo
Soil: Volcanic
Season: Current Season

The widely-discussed $12/cup Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse is making it’s debut just in time for beautiful Seattle mornings with your favorite coffee mug.

The Nekisse coffee is imported exclusively through Ninety Plus coffee importers, the same importer that gave us “Beloya-gasms” last year with the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Beloya and Aricha Micro-Lots produced by the Bagersh family. The formation of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (E.C.X.) and the sudden laws prohibiting direct trade or “second window” options for coffee producers created a stir in the specialty coffee roasting and importing communities. The industry’s more progressive minds flocked to Addis Ababa to work with the E.C.X. which later introduced the E.C.X. Direct Specialty Trade (D.S.T.) Stephen Vick does a phenomenal job sharing his experiences in East Africa, including the first ever E.C.X. D.S,T. over on his blog, Hodi.Karibu. Most quality roasters focused on ethically and sustainably sourcing coffee have invested into direct relationship sourcing which brings importers back to producers year after year to help improve coffee quality and the premium price paid to producers.

The Nekisse coffees are purchased through the ECX, as all coffees from Ethiopia are. The coffees that make up the Nekisse are essentially naturally processed. The coffees are of similar variety and microclimate.

But how does it taste?
This coffee gives us something to be excited about everyday. When Trabant received it’s first bag, the staff had the pleasure of dialing it in on the Clover and playing around with what we could coax out of the beans. Berry notes dominate the cup with a well-rounded body, juicy sweetness and acidity with notes of crisp cirtus. We haven’t yet had the pleasure of obtaining our own stash, but have ordered some from various roasters across the country. We’re excited to taste them all and will be posting our experiences online.

So, now that I know all about the coffee, WHERE CAN I GET IT?!
There are only two places that currently offer the Nekisse (in Seattle.)
Trabant Coffee & Chai: As of right now, Trabant Coffee is only taking special pre-orders of this exquisite rare coffee roasted by 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. To jump on the cafe’s weekly shipment and save on shipping, e-mail Michael(at)TrabantCoffee(dot)com. Orders in by noon on Saturdays will be received the following Wednesday after noon.

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, based in Vancouver, B.C. recently debuted their Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse Micro Selection in cooperation with Imagine1Day, a non-profit organization dedicated to “investing in cutting edge self generating primary education in Ethiopia.” This stunning coffee sells for $30/12oz and is well worth the price.

Fonte Coffee Roasters: If you get into Fonte before they run out, you can order a Single Origin Espresso (S.O.E.) shot of the Nekisse. (Read Why Not? Coffee’s review of the S.O.E. shot we had during of Nekisse on our Seattle Dis-Loyalty Crawl) Fonte was able to purchase one more bag through Ninety Plus, and will be featuring the Nekisse as a SOE into early Fall. Pricing is $24.50/lb or $3.48/shot. Fonte chose to roast this coffee as espresso to highlight the lavender and blackberry, notes, as well as the creamy, honeyed finish.

Tasting this coffee at both Trabant and Fonte should be interesting for any coffee enthusiast– expert or beginner–

More info on the Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse Micro Selection:
49th Parallel Roasters
NY Post: $12 cup isn’t your average joe.
Barista Magazine
UPDATE: Victrola Head Roaster Perry, Victrola Coffee to carry Nekisse!


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4 Comments on “Ethiopia Sidamo Nekisse debuts in Seattle”

  1. Brian Clemens
    06/15/2010 at 11:23 am #

    Glad you got to try this cup. Thanks for briefly explaining the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. At Cartel Coffee Lab we got samples (weird story of a regular customer of a friend who is connected to NinetyPlus). I remember drinking it thinking “I’m drinking what Grumpy sells as a $12 cup. I would pay that amount for where the coffee is from/the process, but not it’s taste. It sure was full of fruit (blueberries/tart strawberry to my recollection), very juicy, somewhat sweet. I enjoyed the cup, however after tasting it with some co-workers next to our El Salvador Finca La Ilusión, I found it interesting how similar these two coffees taste…flavor and mouthfeel, even though their processing methods were different. All in all though, it was a great cup and I would tell anyone to try a cup at their local cafe or buy a bag; an experience you will not forget.

  2. Jared
    01/17/2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Where’s that photo of the BC Project cup from?

    • 02/20/2011 at 3:41 pm #

      I took a picture of that cup last April in Anaheim at Silverlake.


  1. George Howell, I Salute You « {have a nice} coffee time - 09/26/2010

    […] The Ethiopia Nekisse has come and gone several times over the last few months at Comet Coffee.  We loved 49th Parallels’ Ethiopia Beloya last year and we were happy to find a comparable (better?) boutiquey Ethiopian come around after the much talked about ECX went into effect.  People see the Nekisse on the menu for $6.40 a cup and shit their pants. […]

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