Blueberries, Brandy, and Boon Boona: oh my! We’re excited to introduce you to our newest partner, Efrem Fesaha and Boon Boona Coffee. Ever since we met Efrem and tasted his coffees, we knew he belongs on any list of Seattle’s finest artisan roasters. We picked our favorite coffee from Boon Boona’s lineup to share with you today: the rich, sweet, blueberry-toned Ethiopian Dur Feres.
Natural processed Ethiopians are the superstars of African coffee, and Boon Boona’s Dur Feres is worthy of the spotlight. Dur Feres, meaning “Wild Horse” in Amharic, is aptly named. Wild blueberry flavors gallop through this cup, with a boldness rarely found in lighter roasts. The body is round, with a creamy, brandy-like sweetness, and the finish dives into a spiced, cacao nib profile. Dur Feres is a specially-curated blend of small producers in Sidamo, designed as an homage to Harar Horse— an early-2000s brand that, for many coffee drinkers, served as a first introduction to the world of single-origin African coffee. Like Dur Feres, the iconic roast tasted of blueberries and chocolate, and redefined the landscape of specialty coffee in the U.S.
Boon Boona is a fitting home for such an iconic Ethiopian profile: they’ve been Seattle’s African coffee connection for over a decade. Boon Boona only roasts African coffees, with an emphasis on top-quality beans and thoughtful sourcing. Efrem knows a thing or two about African coffees: his family is from Eritrea, a small country that borders Ethiopia. In fact, Boon Boona’s Cafe is one of the only places in Seattle to find the traditional coffee ceremony—a hospitality ritual practiced across Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan that involves pan-roasting the beans over a fire, grinding them with a mortar and pestle, and serving the strong, dark brew from a clay jebena pot. Efrem began Boon Boona as a way to connect the East African community with responsibly-sourced, high-quality beans for home roasting. Today, as one of Seattle's only black-owned coffee roasters, Boon Boona Coffee is a hub of art, community, and celebration of African coffee culture.
Reserve your bag of the rich, sweet Ethiopian Dur Feres, and enjoy an iconic Ethiopian cup from Boon Boona, our newest partner and Seattle’s very own African coffee connection.
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Lots going on here: this packs in a tremendous amount of flavor for a light roast. The dominant note is a berry sweetness, but it's nestled within a whole spectrum of spicy, earthy flavors. A complex and extremely satisfying cup that showcases the best aspects of Ethiopian coffee|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ You can absolutely taste the blueberry!! This make an amazing cup of coffee. fruity yet smooth, I'll definitely be coming back for more. I used an espresso machine and drank it as americano.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ We got this as a sub on an order and it gad a lot of flavor. Light and fruity. Very interesting.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ INCREDIBLE! It is full of flavor and strongly scented - definitely blueberry, some bourbon/brandy, as it states. LOVED it!|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Holy mother of God!!! This coffee is unbelievable! The best natural I've ever had, period. So full of flavor, sweet and juicy. The aftertaste is absolutely heavenly. Must get more!!|