I always think about coffee's charming origin story whenever I’m drinking Ethiopian coffee: Kaldi the goatherd, his dancing goats, and the curiosity that led to the world-changing discovery of coffee. Today, most Ethiopian coffees are heirloom varietals, meaning uncatalogued, wild-growing beans, and any one of them could be pretty close to that very first cup.
Right now, I’m captivated by our newest, darker-roasted take on Ethiopian coffee: Rainier Coffee’s bold and distinctive Ethiopia Gotiti Natural. This ain’t your typical light, fruity Ethiopian— this one’s crafted for a palate that craves deeper, roastier flavors. Because of the natural process, this coffee’s body is big and round, syrupy like molasses, with a darkly-sweet note of black currant that stays soft and low. Fig newton cookie, maybe? Notes of cocoa and spicy gingerbread fill out the cup, giving an earthy, Indonesian sensibility, and the finish carries a dark-roasted edge. A splash of milk brings out the creamy chocolate, and I have a feeling this roast will make a tremendous espresso.
A relative newcomer to the Seattle roasting scene, Rainier promises “bold coffee for bold adventures”... and with the current climate, every day definitely counts as an adventure. Rainier’s coffees are well-developed, delving into coffee’s toastier side, with flavors like caramelized sugar, nuts, spices, and mild, savory fruit— instant classics. It’s rare to find a fantastic single origin with a darker flavor profile, and this one takes the cake… or, maybe, the gingerbread! Reserve a bag of our spicy, fig-newton Ethiopian, roasted to order from Rainier Coffee Roasters, and enjoy a bold morning sip from the birthplace of coffee.
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Very rich and aromatic. We saved this to brew on weekends we enjoyed it that much|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I actually liked this one better cold than hot. It would be a great iced coffee. The fruit definitely comes through lightly.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ It has that hint of ginerbread to it, I can tell when it cools down a bit. Nice!|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I love a cup of creamy, well rounded coffee, and this etheopian didn't disappoint.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Close to five stars. One very tasty cup. Just ordered a full bag. It's not very common to get a dark roast with such flavor. Certainly like a dark cherry with a great syrupy, rich body and smokiness.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ This was a really good cup of coffee. The graham cracker / ginger bread really came out nicely after cupping.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ The is one of the best coffees I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. I had to go find the brewers website and order 2 big bags of it from them. The flavors are so fruity and chocolaty. Coffee companies always have these tasting notes and I can never taste ANY of them, it all taste like coffee to me. This one is truly different. This is a damn good cup of coffee. Will absolutely buy again!|