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Ethiopia Buku Natural

Raspberry, bergamot, coconut water.

$22.50
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12oz / whole bean / free shipping

Refined, sweet, with lush rum-and-chocolate-toned fruitiness, this coffee launches with strawberry and citrus aromas, manifesting in the cup with notes of bright lime, kiwi, and berries. Juicy in body, balanced, it offers a rounded, resonantly dry acidity coupled with a full, syrupy mouthfeel and chocolate in the finish.

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Country
Ethiopia
Region
Oromia
Town
Addis Ababa
Farm
Hambela
Farmer
The Adinews
Elevation
1850m
Variety
Ethiopian Heirloom
Process
Natural Process

Meet The Adinews

Seventy-five kilometers beyond Yirgacheffe lies the farm Hambela, a 200-hectare coffee farm that includes a wet mill, dry mill, drying beds, and parchment storage. It’s a fantastic operation that we have had the opportunity to visit multiple times. However, it's not the most pleasant trip. Thirty hours of air travel to get to Addis Adaba, Ethiopia from Arkansas and then add a 20-hour car ride through some of the worst “roads” you have ever experienced. That being said, the coffee is definitely worth it.  

Hambela is owned by three brothers: Aman, Michael, and Tariku Adinew. The property belonged to their parents but had been abandoned for decades until they invested and reclaimed the old family tradition of coffee farming. The farm is certified organic, and the brothers have a tremendous heart for people and quality coffee. Within Hambela there are multiple coffee cherry drop spots. Buku is our favorite macro-lot from within this system.

This year will be the fourth year we have bought both the washed and natural coffees from this lot, and they taste and cup unbelievably. In the cup, you’ll find effervescent lime, bergamot, floral honey, and berries.


Guji, Ethiopia

The air in the growing regions of Ethiopia is heavy with the scent of coffee flowers--like jasmine and orange flowers, and yet not at all like. Coffee’s origin is shrouded in mystery but is believed to have begun in Ethiopia, where heirloom varieties still grow wild beside the road. As the story goes, a drowsy goatherder named Kaldi noticed his goats were perkier after nibbling on the coffee trees, and tried the cherry for himself. Caffeine was discovered, and coffee’s epic began.

The coffee-growing culture in Ethiopia is still unique. More than half of the coffee is called ‘garden coffee’, because it’s grown in the yards of producers, along with crops such as beans, bananas, avocadoes, and mangoes. Around 50 million Ethiopians are supported by the coffee industry, and almost 70% of the nationals export earnings come from coffee.

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Springdale, AR
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Onyx Coffee Lab

Lest the myth perpetuate that specialty coffee does not come from Arkansas, Onyx Coffee Lab is blowing that particular urban legend out of the water while creating a few of their own. Husband-wife owners Jon and Andrea Allen have rapidly taken the coffee world by storm with their combination of art and science.

The magic starts with sourcing, with countless small sample batches from coffee importers and with direct visits to farms around the world. "I know direct trade means a lot of different things to different people, but for us if we don’t put money in the producers hands we won’t call it direct trade," says Jon. Once found, the coffees are carefully roasted in twenty-pound or smaller batches, then shared with the three Onyx cafés and over 150 wholesale customers in thirty states.

Clearly Onyx Coffee Lab knows what they're doing: not only were they named Imbibe Magazine's 2016 Coffee Bar of the year, this northwest Arkansas matrix of coffee know-how just cleaned house at the April 2017 U.S. Coffee Championships. Andrea Allen placed second in the Barista Championship, Dylan Siemans won first in Brewer's Cup, and roaster Mark Michaelson place first in the Roaster Championship!

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