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Dinkinesh: Worka Chelbessa – Little Waves Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Dinkinesh: Worka Chelbessa – Little Waves Coffee

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Dinkinesh: Worka Chelbessa
  • Roaster
    Little Waves Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Durham, North Carolina
  • Estimated Price
    $18.50 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Tropical fruit, meyer lemon, ripe peach, black tea, delicate
  • Process
  • Varieties
    1974-1975 JARC selections and local landraces
  • Country
  • Region
    Gedeb, Gedeo, Yirgacheffe
  • Elevation
    1900 - 2200 MASL
  • Producer
    Neguesse Debela
  • Review Brew Method
    Flower, Orea, cupping
  • Roast Date
    January 12, 2022
  • Review Date
    January 22, 2022

Coffee Scoring

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9 / 10
  • Delicate, but complex
  • Sparkling sweetness

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

I love the craziness of experimental coffees, but I always love to come back to clean, sweet coffees as the foundation for all the coffee I love. This washed Ethiopian is a wonderful example of that profile—it was surprisingly sweet, delightfully complex, and wonderfully clean. It comes from Little Waves Coffee, a North Carolina roaster who is Latina co-owned, women-forward—and recently named Roast Magazine micro-roaster of the year for 2022.

The coffee begins with a creamy, tea-like fragrance. The fruit-toned flavor reminded me of sweet lemon and subtle pineapples. It had an incredible tropical fruit sweetness throughout and a delicate structure and tea-like body. The acidity was citrus-toned and sparkling. Each sip led into a lingering finish with the sweetness sticking around long after the coffee left your mouth.

The Bottom Line

This coffee was exactly what I look for in a washed Ethiopian coffee. It was very clean with some incredible sweetness. And while it was delicate, it also was quite complex and a lot of fun to explore.

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