Our collaboration with METAD has anchored our Ethiopia sourcing program since we started working together a decade ago. The return of Benti Nenqa to our single-origin menu for the first time since 2015 brings us full-circle: it was the source of some of the earliest lots we sourced from METAD. This is the first in a series of washed single-origin releases from METAD featuring the best selections of the season.

  • Country Ethiopia
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety Ethiopian heirlooms

The details

  • Country Ethiopia
  • Producer smallholder growers
  • Region Benti Nenqa, Guji Zone
  • Elevation Range 1900-2100 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Harvest Dec 2021 - Feb 2022
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2014

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.

12oz bag of Ethiopia Metad Benti Nenqa Washed
Ethiopia Metad Benti Nenqa Washed