Ethiopia - Bensa Natural
A cup of excellence from producer to roaster
Raspberry, Tropical Fruit, Complex Jam
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This coffee opens with the unmistakable flavors of strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. The pleasant fruity acidity associated with strawberry is balanced by the sweetness of milk chocolate and sweet toasted barley. As the stronger flavors recede, the coffee finishes with hints of floral notes.
Life has the unfortunate tendency to obscure our appreciation of the wonderful things that populate our every day. The same underlying pattern that gives rise to our taking everyday miracles for granted, obscures the spectacularity of good coffee. The averagely good Ethiopian coffee, so breathtaking when tasted alone or next to truly average coffee, quickly fades in a sea of similarly amazing Ethiopian coffee. But, every so often a coffee appears that is notably and significantly better than the rest, similar to a 375 foot redwood in a forest populated with 200 foot trees. We search through hundreds of samples looking for these outstandingly good outliers and are happy to have found one in this coffee.
This coffee is one produced under the purview of Daye Bensa. Bensa operates several farms and washing stations that are located and source coffee at the uppermost reaches of coffee’s maximum growing altitude. His unique approach to production has won several distinguished awards while at the same time improving the lives of the coffee producers.
After having purchased this lot, it went on to win seventh place amongst thousands of entrants in the Ethiopian Cup of Excellence. So while this coffee may not be the single best coffee in the world, it isn’t at all far from it.
This coffee can produce a wide range of delicious cups varying greatly in flavor, body, and structure. We recommend using a 1:15 brew ratio and steeping with water between 185-200℉ for no more than three minutes. Higher brew ratios (~1:13) result in more structured, heavily bodied, cups while lower brew ratios (~1:16) allow for the flavors to open up a bit more.
Varieties: Heirloom Processing Method: Natural
Size: 12oz Roast: Light