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Roast level: Medium/Light
We’re pretty excited about this one. Hailing from the famed Yirgacheffe growing region in SW Ethiopia, Adame Gorbota comes from a cooperative of the same name, bearing hallmark characteristics of pristine washed Ethiopian coffees. Get ready for delicate floral notes of lavender, honeysuckle, jasmine combined with a candied lime acidity and a hint of apricot. This coffee’s a showstopper, we can’t wait to hear what you think.
About the producers The Adame Gorbota Cooperative is in the heart of the famous Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. With about 500 members, each farming at 1,800 - 2,000 meters above sea level, the coop has an exclusive relationship with our importer, meaning we get access to the best lots they produce each year. This coffee is from Lot 005. Why does that matter? It’s one way we preserve transparency in our supply chain and make sure this stunning coffee and its producers get the credit they deserve.
Varietial: Heirloom As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is home to a diverse selection of native varieties, often growing right next to each other. A lot of times, these varietals may not even be categorized or named, but collected together and called Heirloom, not unlike a field blend in the wine world. Brewing Delicate, washed, high-grown Ethiopian coffees — especially on the light side of the roast spectrum — can be tough to brew properly. We say keep it simple — stick to a solid pour-over recipe that’s forgiving (don’t go nuts with grind-size adjustments). Remember, if the cup’s tasting sour, go for a finer grind; if it’s bitter, coarsen it up.
A cup of coffee is practically a religious experience for us. We revere it, we crave it and we anticipate brewing and drinking it every day. Every coffee has a story, a history of soil, people and culture that make each one special. And it’s that combination that keeps us curious to learn about and eager to experience the next cup.
Even here in Northern California’s wine country, we believe that coffee has no culinary peer. Over 400 flavor compounds make up the unique aroma and taste that we experience when we smell and drink it. It’s that moment of astonishment at the cupping table when we crack the crust of a coffee with the right combination of those 400 compounds that drives us to find the best and highest quality lots available anywhere.
At Black Oak Coffee Roasters, we seek to express the true origin character of our coffees. Origin character is what tells the coffee’s story most vividly. We look for ripe, voluptuous sweetness and body to carry the coffee’s personality over the palate. And we want our coffee to linger in your head after you’ve tasted it, like a passage from your favorite novel.