Coffee Reviews

Lekali – Barrington Coffee Roasting Company

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Lekali
  • Roaster
    Barrington Coffee Roasting Company
  • Roaster Location
    Lee, Massachusetts
  • Estimated Price
    $23.45 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Rose, raspberry, chocolate mousse
  • Process
    Washed, sun dried
  • Varieties
    Caturra & Typica
  • Country
    Nepal
  • Region
    Nuwakot District
  • Elevation
    4265 - 5250 MASL
  • Producer
    Lekali Coffee Estate
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, espresso
  • Roast Date
    August 12, 2019
  • Review Date
    August 24, 2019

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
10 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9.5 / 10
Complexity
9.5 / 10
Flexibility
8 / 10
Pros
  • Exotic
  • Great complexity

Cons
  • Expensive
  • Requires more intentionality to fully appreciate (though I almost consider this a pro)

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company is a roaster located in Lee, Massachusetts that has been roasting since 1993. They recently sent me a few of their coffees to try out and I was incredibly impressed with each one. Each of their coffees that I tried was unique, exciting and delicious. In this first review, I focus on a very special coffee from Nepal.

Lekali was a really special treat, but required time and effort to really dig into it. Unlike many of the African coffees I love that have big, bold flavor notes, this coffee was much more delicate. It required sitting down with the coffee and identifying what I tasted. I do not think this takes away from the coffee though. Instead, I think in this situation it added to the experience.

The coffee begins with a intricate, complex and floral fragrance. I tasted notes of raspberry, strawberry and some subtle citrus in the coffee. The coffee has a lighter body, but one that still held together. The acidity was more muted and presented itself most in the long, sparkling finish that was a great exclamation point to each delicious sip. The coffee was deeply sweet with a milk chocolate and smooth caramel sweetness.

The Bottom Line

This delicate coffee from Nepal is incredibly complex and a lot of fun to drink. It does require a bit more intentionality, which I actually enjoyed. I think the casual coffee drinker would be able to drink this coffee and enjoy it, but to appreciate it fully it requires a bit more effort.

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

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