Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Bento Nenka Worasa – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Bento Nenka Worasa
  • Roaster
    Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Estimated Price
    $16 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Apricot, blackberry, floral
  • Process
    Washed
  • Country
    Ethiopia
  • Region
    West Guji Zone, Hambela Wamena District, Benti Nenka Kebele
  • Elevation
    1925-2110 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Chemex, v60
  • Roast Date
    January 2, 2020
  • Review Date
    January 12, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
8 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Each stage unique
  • Complex flavor & aroma

Cons
  • Acidity begins to overpower other elements

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

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters is one of a few special Canadian roasters I’ve had the privilege to try. I had heard they were one of the best roasters in Canada, so I was especially excited when I got to try a few of their single-origin offerings. This Ethiopian coffee is a result of their direct relationships with producers in the region and specifically from the private coffee washing station named Guduba.

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The coffee begins with a fairly strong fragrance of apricot and blueberry. As I began to brew, I immediately smelled a strong citrus acidity that carries through to the flavor and becomes the dominate attribute of the coffee. The acidity hits you in the beginning with a strong, juicy citrus acidity that carries through the full sip and ends in a lingering, tart finish. The coffee has a sweet-tart structure, though the sweetness does seem to get dwarfed a bit by the tartness of the acidity. The taste of the coffee was layered and delicious. I tasted berry, stone fruit and some subtle floral notes—all of which mixed together in an incredibly interesting and complex combination.

Coffees like Ethiopia Bento Nenka Worasa are so fun to explore because each step of the coffee is unique and yet builds on each other at the same time. There was so much to explore in this coffee that I enjoyed the adventure each time I tried it and with every different brew method.

The Bottom Line

My first encounter with Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters didn’t disappoint and their single-origin Ethiopia Bento Nenka Worasa was delightful to drink and explore. It’s the perfect option for someone who enjoys a bright coffee with a lot of complexity.

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