Ethiopia Banko Gotiti
Located in the southern region of Gedeb, Ethiopia is a large group of family-owned farms that belong to the Banko Gotiti Cooperative. Established in 2012 it consists of around 600 members and has an incredible reputation for producing some of the best washed and natural coffees in Ethiopia. Many even consider the Gedeb district the birthplace of Arabica, which adds another timeless element to the coffee itself.
For our team, elaborate florals were the driving factor in contracting this coffee. Originally we planned to make this part of Geometry; however, due to its early arrival, we decided to release this lot on its own. It’s incredibly complex and floral, and we find quite easy to control on espresso or filter.
FILTER - Kalita Wave
24.5g Coffee : 400g Water 205°F
~3:30 Drain Time
This washed Ethiopian coffee is delicate, sweet, and very floral. We really enjoyed this coffee hot for its strong earl grey tea flavor and delicate florals. It makes a great sipping coffee, one that isn’t overwhelming, but full of flavors that ease you into the enjoyment of complex coffees. The black currant note is pleasant and rolls through the drink, rather than overpowering it. If under-extracted expect tart and boring flavors. If over-extracted expect bitter florals and a long dry aftertaste.
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ESPRESSO - Modbar EP
Brew Temp: 198°F, Line Pressure: ~3.5 bars, Max Pressure: 9 bars,
Pressure Profile: T0: 4s, T1: 4s, T2: 42s, T3-6: 0s
20g in : ~ 52g out @ ~24 seconds
Just like it’s pour-over version, the Gotiti expresses delicate and smooth flavors as an espresso. We found the delicacy and floral sweetness of the espresso was lost somewhat in larger milk drinks. This shot is well balanced and a great entry point for espresso evaluation and enjoyment as it is easy to drink. Look for balance when dialing in. We found a wide range of “good shots,” where under-extraction or over-extraction didn’t ruin the coffee, but look for sweet florals, that black currant note to be sweet not tart, and earl grey tea.
Ethiopia Banko Gotiti
We paid $3.92 per pound to Royal Coffee, and they bought this from BNT Industry & Trading in Addis Adaba. We cupped the coffee at an 87.5 and purchased fifty 69-kilo bags. We visited a few mills with Royal while we were in Ethiopia this past winter and really enjoyed the relationships they had built and the quality coming out of the mills. We also purchased two other lots from the mills we visited with them, which should release in a month or so. Shout out to Kevin Morales for helping with logistics and getting these coffees contracted.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.10/lb when we purchased this coffee.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum price was $1.60/lb when we purchased this coffee.
* We as a company believe transparency is unbelievably important. However, we decided only to list what is shown here because we don’t know where to stop. Do we list the amount of coffee lost in roasting due to moisture loss? Should we list our roaster Mark's salary? The warehouse rent? The utilities? The point of listing things above is not to justify what we charge or what we profit, but to give a realistic snapshot of the industry and how Specialty Coffee can be different than other commodity industries. If you have concerns feel free to email us and I’ll write you back when I’m available.
Relationship Coffee is an initiative we, at Onyx, have purposely created to describe our sourcing and buying practices and how we document them. Certifications like Direct Trade, Fair Trade, and others have impacted the coffee communities in mostly positive ways but also in some negative ways. We find that blanket terms and applying them to a multitude of business models no longer describes what we do.
In reality, every company is different, and we wanted to step out from the mold and create a new set of standards that exceeds in every department from quality to transparency to pricing. The growers, exporters, importers, associations, cooperatives, and other entities are always a set of relationships. To be honest, many are our friends as much as they are our producers and partners. We share information, family news, meals, housing, many faiths, and argue politics. Oh, and we love it. Relationship Coffee for Onyx is the mark of an honest exchange ethos that permeates our company, and we hope it encourages the growth of specialty coffee for the future.
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 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.