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Ethiopia Banko Swiss Water Process Decaf Gold Label | Green Coffee Beans


Recommended Roast Level:

 Full City (Medium)

Tasting Notes:

The majority of our Swiss Water Process coffees have all come to the table with a relatively similar flavor profile: chocolatey, and that’s about it. This Ethiopian has a much more nuanced profile under its belt. The smooth and subtle fruitiness is very unique, with notes of purple grapes over a milk chocolate and nutty sweetness. And let’s be honest, it’s not going to be the punch-in-the-face fruity profile of a caffeinated Ethiopian, but amongst its decaffeinated peers, this Ethiopian’s head and shoulders above the rest in the dynamic flavor profile department.

Hambela Buliye + Banko Chelchele Coffee Production: 

This newest Ethiopia Swiss Water decaf is a blend of coffees from two Guji areas that, while technically in different Woredas (one in Gedeb, the other Hambela), they are literally just across the regional border from each other, and in very close proximity. Instead of going with a hyphenated name as we've done with some of the past regionally blended lots, we opted for using "gorebeti", the Amharic word for "neighbor". One unique feature of this decaf is that both coffees we used are dry process, which we've found lends to a much more fruit-forward decaf than washed, or even when blending the two process types. Half of this lot is made up of coffee from a washing station in Hambela Buliye, who don't have good access to water and are only producing dry process coffees at this time. The other half is from a single farm in Banko Chelchele called "Mengesha Gumi". As non-decaf, both coffees offered berry fruits and an undercurrent of bittersweetness, which we knew would hold up to the decaffeination process. There's no way around decaf having some negative impact on cup quality, and we've found that adding the fruitier naturals to the equation helps lock in some of what we think of as Ethiopian origin characteristics. That's certainly the case here! And that's the beauty of using a gentle decaffeination process like the Swiss Water method, where much of the volatile compounds that affect flavor and aroma are preserved post-decaf.


Recommended Roast Level: Full City (Medium)
Processing: Natural (Dry Process), Swiss Water® Process
Region: Africa
Flavor Notes: Purple Grapes, Milk Chocolate, Spice
Body: Juicy, Earthy, Complex
Classification Gold Label
Brew Methods: Drip, Pour Over, French Press
Country Region: Guji
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Hambela Buliye + Banko Chelchele
Producer: Hambela Buliye + Banko Chelchele
Varietal: Heirloom
Altitude: 1900-2100m

Since our inception, fast free shipping has been one of our tenants as a company.  So it took a long time for me to come to a decision to eliminate the free portion of that sentence.  I know we all want free, so taking that away is putting a lot of trust in you guys to be able to understand my reasoning and trust my math.  I'm going to list a few reasons I moved away from the free shipping model all-together below.  I'd love to hear from you if you think this is a bad decision or if you appreciate me putting the shipping cost decisions in your hands.


Free is Never Really Free

Full disclosure, free shipping isn't really free shipping.  I am paying to ship you your coffee, so you're either paying for it buried in the price of the coffee beans or at the end at checkout.  I think the psychology of free shipping is that you don't end up at the checkout and find out that you need to spend another 30% to get your items.  That's a very real thing and I hope to have a simple pricing model to help you avoid that sticker shock.  Before I get there, let me tell you what I used to do.  It used to cost me about $9.00 to ship 5lbs of coffee (USPS just raised their prices...again).  So what I did was add $1.80 to each pound as I calculated the selling price.  I then had $5 shipping for under $35 orders to try to drive the customer (you) to buy about 5lbs of coffee and make the math work.

There have been several flaws with this model.  First off, it made the cost per lb look like we're WAY more expensive than other green coffee resellers in the market.  Second, it really stops working when someone orders less than 5lbs and more than 5lbs, because the cost to ship 5lbs-30lbs per pound is much less than $1.80/lb.  So it kind of narrowed our market.  Third, we have recently been able to negotiate even better rates with FedEx and blown up the $1.80/lb model.  We can now do a 2-day Padded Pak at an amazing rate and fit 10lbs in it.  The irony of a free shipping model is that it is less transparent.  If I'm going to be completely transparent with my cost model, then you'll recognize a good deal when you see it and we're all happier.  Transparency makes the whole sales process work better.

So we now include our pricing without shipping and add it on at the end.  To help you optimize your buying experience our shipping pricing is listed below.

Due to recent price adjustments from USPS & FedEx prices were updated 5/6/2022


USPS Priority = $9.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $11.00

Or as little as $1.80/lb


USPS Priority = $18.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $11.00

Or as little as $1.10/lb


USPS Priority = $27.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $22.00

Or as little as $1.47/lb


USPS Priority = $36.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $22.00

Or as little as $1.10/lb


USPS Priority = $45.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $33.00

Or as little as $1.32/lb


USPS Priority = $54.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $33.00

Or as little as $1.10/lb


USPS Priority = $63.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $44.00

Or as little as $1.26/lb


USPS Priority = $72.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $44.00

Or as little as $1.10/lb


USPS Priority = $81.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $55.00

Or as little as $1.22/lb


USPS Priority = $90.00

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $55.00

Or as little as $1.10/lb


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