Fresh berries, vibrant lime, and a sweet, silky mouthfeel is just part of what makes this coffee so indulgent. Add jasmine tea, bergamot, and tropical overtones in both aromatics and flavor. This coffee will change the way you look at black coffee and may just convert those who don’t drink it currently. Clean, high-quality naturals can be a perspective-changing cup.
Let’s be honest, this year has sucked... Well hold your head up- we have good news for you! The always crowd favorite naturally processed Ethiopian coffee from our friends at Hambela just arrived and has your fruit-forward cravings covered. Notes of malted berries, cantaloupe, and sorghum with an impressively viscous body. This coffee highlights the historical process of drying coffee within the cherry, staying true to the East African flavor culture.
Mostly Modern. Landrace. Natural and Raised-bed Dried.
Cupping Notes: Dried Berries, Cantaloupe, Sorghum, Silky
This coffee comes from Onyx' dear friends at METAD in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Aman and Tariku, who are brothers, run what is widely considered the best Ethiopian coffee sourcing in the world. They also own and farm the famed Hambela estate coffee farm, from which we purchase many micro-lots.
This lot from Gedeb in Yirgacheffe is from one of the washing stations they own, which has really developed over the years to become one of the highest quality cups in the country. Onyx has purchased this exact lot for the last three years and have worked with METAD for six. They are one of Onyx' best partners, and every year staff and customers highly anticipate what the new season of their coffees has to offer.
Overall, METAD is a big part of what Onyx does, and over 50 percent of all their coffees from Ethiopia are either farmed or sourced through METAD. This year is an exciting new step for METAD, as they’ve built a state-of-the-art dry milling facility just outside Addis Ababa. They’ve strategically built this on a thoroughfare that can take the milled and stuffed containers of coffee straight to the port without getting too caught up in the traffic around the city.
This mill has been custom built to process microlots, as well as the FCL (full container load) lots that they export around the world. This year Onyx was able to be some of the first buyers to cup at the new lab, and all the coffees they purchased through METAD this year were processed through the new mill.
We visited the farm or cupping lab and listened to the producer/agronomist or head cooperative/association to ascertain better knowledge about the culture and practices.
We cupped the coffee, and it scored to our industry-high standards.
We do not buy futures or multiple harvests to ensure that what we cupped for that year is what we serve.
We do not ask for exclusivity from producers, binding their options.
We pay what the coffee is worth. This always is at least double Fair Trade minimum due to the quality we buy, and many times is three to ten times the amount.
We do not finance any coffee. Cash flow is just as important as the final price. Coffee is paid in full upon delivery, and we pay a percentage up front upon contracting.
We are completely transparent from price to logistics to cupping score, to who we work with buying and shipping coffee.
We work to set premiums after a contracted price to incentivize quality and community building. This can be .10¢ - .25¢ extra per pound or community projects such as school supplies in the growing village, sports jerseys, vented chimneys for kitchen fires, etc.