Olympia Coffee Roasting

Ethiopia Banko Natural

Location: Olympia, Washington

Origin: Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.30/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2013

Agtron: 58/75

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly pungent; deep, complex. Strawberry, cedar, night-blooming flowers, dark chocolate, a hint of brandy. Balanced, vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly chocolate, saturates a sweet, very slightly drying, finish.


This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. It is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Banko, established in 2012, is one of twenty-three primary cooperatives located in the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia that are organized as the Yirgacheffe Farmers Union. Olympia Coffee Roasting is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company with a youthful, no-nonsense style and a commitment to high-quality organic coffees. Visit www.olympiacoffeeroasting.com or call 360-753-0066 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Environmentally and socially conscious hedonists. A lush, voluptuous, but cleanly structured dried-in-the-fruit coffee with the chocolate, flowers and brandy appeal of the type plus Fair Trade and organic certifications.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2013 tasting report: Dried-in-the-Fruit Refinement: Ethiopia and Yemen Naturals

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