Ethiopia Sidamo Natural "Gerbicho Killa" Aleta Wondo

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This single estate, natural process Ethiopian coffee absolutely explodes with juicy, sweet complexity. It's full of strawberry and milk chocolate with a hint of blueberry. Arrival Date: May 30th, 2016 Acidity & Brightness: Bright Balance & Finish: Complex...
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This single estate, natural process Ethiopian coffee absolutely explodes with juicy, sweet complexity. It's full of strawberry and milk chocolate with a hint of blueberry.

Arrival Date: May 30th, 2016

Acidity & Brightness: Bright

Balance & Finish: Complex with a long lingering finish

Body & Texture: Medium Body, Earthy 

Flavors: Dark chocolate, vanilla, black pepper

Grade: High Grown, Dense, Small bean size

Certifications: Shade grown, hand picked sun dried

Processing: Natural (Dry)

Varietals: Heirloom

Roasting:  We prefer our Ethiopian coffees on the light side, right around City to City Plus (light to light-medium) to really get the most out of them. Expect this to roast a bit unevenly since it's natural process, but more evenly than most other natural process coffees. You can take it as dark as Full City Plus (medium-dark) but expect the berry tones to dull bringing out more of the cocoa and sweet earth.

Recommendation:  For people who enjoy a big, juicy, complex cup.  This is an exceptional, luxurious coffee that fans of Ethiopian coffee will love.

Our Review:  We've been waiting patiently for a really great natural processed Ethiopian coffee to hit the states and our patience has paid off! We love natural processed Ethiopian coffees because they're so raw and full of flavor. The beans are left to dry for a while with the pulp of the fruit still attached in the traditional method imparting lots of complexity, textures and flavors you just can't get from a washed coffee. As far as the grading system in Ethiopia goes, this is a grade 3 which actually makes it the highest grade of natural process coffee since grades 1 and 2 are for washed coffees only. This means you can expect the beans to be consistently sized and pretty evenly roasted for natural process coffee.

First, a little bit about Aleto Wondo coffee: Tsegaye Bekele, northern California resident since 1976, was born and raised in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia. Coffee runs in his blood; he grew up on a coffee plantation, where coffee is a ritual, a ceremony, a way of life. His first memories go back to the aroma of freshly roasted and ground Aleta Wondo coffee. After 40 years he returned to his village and felt deeply touched by the conditions of the coffee farmers. His commitment to give back to Aleta Wondo resulted in the formation of Common River, a non-profit community development organization. Aleta Wondo coffee has already proven its exemplary quality at a recently held international coffee competition; five lots from the village rated among the ten best coffees. Aleta Wondo Project goal is to increase the livelihood of coffee farmers by sustaining their own development. Since 2007, a schoolhouse was constructed, 1200 trees were planted, a community center was built and a nutrition demonstration garden was planted. This particular coffee comes from a village called "Gerbicho Killa." No, it's not the name of the next hip-hop sensation, don't worry, we were surprised too. But what it definitely is, is delicious!

When you take your first drink of this coffee, it's like biting into a huge, ripe strawberry. "Juicy" is exactly how we like to describe it, because it's just exploding with berry flavor. It's medium bright with a full body for Ethiopian coffee. It's pretty complex and the flavors can be a bit jarring if you're expecting something subtle! In order of prominence, we noted strawberry, cocoa powder, earth and a hint of blueberry. The finish is lingering with the earthy berry flavors lingering on the palatte. This exceptional coffee is not for the faint of heart, but if you're a fan of big, bold flavors, you don't want to miss it. 


Returns Policy

If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.

Home Coffee Roasters

The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.

Other Items

Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.


We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.

If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.

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