Ethiopia Wild Bonga Forest 2009-2010 Crop


Bean name Ethiopia Wild Bonga Forest 2009-2010 Crop
Country Ethiopia
Region Kaffa Province


This comes from the Kaffa province in the southwest of Ethiopia, the ancestral home of coffee. From the once dense rain forests of former times, only an area of 2000 square kilometres of this historic coffee production remains today.

The area is characterised by excellent soil and climatic conditions. The crumbly-clayey soil is of volcanic birth and therefore rich in nutriment. Moreover there are daytime temperatures of 20°C, the nights are chilly and it frequently rains; ideal conditions for the wild Arabica plants to prosper.

The coffee is harvested by small scale farmers of different cooperatives following the principle of sustainable agriculture. Farmers in this area around the city of Bonga pick this unique wild grown Arabica coffee by hand.

According to the principle "From The Cup To The Tree" the AMBER foundation ensures the traceability of the coffee to the correct area of the forest in which it grows. The farmers work hard to conserve the rain forest, and by selling the wild beans they improve their income permanently.

The Amber Foundation gives the guarantee that this raw coffee is 100% natural and from the rain forest. Due to the newly developed biomolecular method an exact identification of the coffee is possible.

We also care about what is in the cup, and that is where this coffee gets weird. One minute it is rich in body with hints of spice, similar in many ways to Ethiopian Harrar with its earthy mushroom overtones, but this one also has a surprisingly silky mouthfeel that lingers on and on long after the cup. In the next cup it might have the floral acid zip with jasmine that you would expect from a much cleaner coffee. The strangest part is how one cup can be completely different to the next. Inconsistent? Yes. Good coffee? For sure!

Cupping notes

Clean cup 5/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 86

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