Roast level: Light
Producer notes: In the highlands of Southern Ethiopia, stretching south along a trail of famous coffee areas that are household names for coffee lovers, lies Gedeb. We’re no stranger to this part of the world; in 2017, Black Oak took home gold medals at the Golden Bean Roasting competition with coffees from just around the block. It’s in Gedeb that 650 nearby family farms gather to deposit ripe cherries at the Banko Gutiti mill to be collected, washed, and dried on raised beds before export.
A mix of heirloom varieties, grown from 1,900 to 2,100 meters above sea level, the finished cup of Banko is a sweet, complicated blend of delicate flavors; a base of luscious stone fruit and crisp green tea highlighted by jasmine florality.
Processing method: Washed
WINNER: GOLD MEDAL - Single Origin Espresso
2016 Compak Golden Bean North America Competition
Roast level: Medium/Light
Tasting notes: Dark Chocolate - Malted Barley - Pear
Producer Notes: At the southern tip of Mexico, in the state of Chiapas, family farms from across the San Fernando region organize to maximize their reach, selling power, and investment, including going all in on new nurseries that now support the renovation efforts for more than 1,300 farmers. The commitment to infrastructure development and maintenance is only part of what the organization is building — they’re helping to establish new businesses like coffee shops, host training programs on topics ranging from sustainability to economics, and ensuring that their member farmers have the resources they need to continue to grow great coffees.
Processing Method: Washed