Coffee Review: Black Oak Coffee Roasters – Ethiopia Gedeb Lot 002
Black Oak Coffee Roasters - Ethiopia Gedeb Lot 002$17.50
- Incredibly sweet
- Very forgiving
- Great for drip
- Great for espresso
- Beautiful balance of fruit and chocolate
- Relatively subdued aroma
Today's review is another single-origin coffee from Ethiopia, roasted by Black Oak Coffee Roasters. This is the second coffee that was sent to me from Black Oak Coffee Roasters, and boy oh boy, to say it is a good one would be an understatement.
If there’s one Ethiopian coffee to try this year, it’s this one. In fact, I'll take it a step further to say that the Gedeb Lot 002 was easily the best coffee I’ve had in 2016.
This coffee comes from Gedeb, a city near Yirgacheffe, and was produced by the Worka Cooperative, which consists of more than 400 farmers. The coffee in this bag came from a single lot from the Worka Cooperative, meaning that this coffee was chosen as the best-of-the-best of the 400+ farmers in the cooperative.
I can’t remember the last time I had a coffee that was so consistently delicious from brew-to-brew, across all kinds of different parameters.
Seeing that my reviews are often published months after brewing my final cups of coffee from a particular bag, I'd encourage you to grab this coffee before it's gone for the season. Since coffee is a seasonal good that changes from year-to-year in micro-regions, it's uncertain whether or not this coffee will be as good as it is now (2016) as it will be in the future.
Please note: this is one of two coffees I received for free from Black Oak Coffee Roasters in exchange for a review. I do my absolute best to not let free coffee influence my reviews. I also do not accept compensation to write coffee reviews. I publish reviews for coffee that I enjoy (at least partially), and seldom publish reviews for coffee I don't enjoy.
General Notes & Observations
Gold Winner at 2016 Compak Golden Bean Competition
This was the first time I'd heard of Compak's (a grinding company) Golden Bean coffee roasters competition, but after reviewing this coffee I discovered that Black Oak's Gedeb Lot 002 won Gold for the competition's Pour Over Filter category. The Gedeb Lot 002 was up against a ton of other coffees roasted by renowned coffee roasters, so I'm glad to see that my tastebuds aligned with some people in the coffee industry.
For more info on the Golden Bean awards, check out their website here.
You can check out the summary of 2016's Golden Bean winners here.
Excellent as Espresso
I wanted to make a brief note on the Gedeb Lot 002 when brewed as espresso to demonstrate its versatility. Although I only brewed one shot of espresso with this coffee, it tasted fantastic.
Blueberry up-front, balanced out by milk chocolate at the finish. Very easy to drink with a pleasant mouthfeel and minimal acidity.
I would have loved to brew more espresso with the Gedeb Lot 002, but I guess I'll just have to pick up another bag so I can get my shots in.
So yes, the Gedeb Lot 002 is (and was) in my opinion, the best coffee of 2016.
Keeping in mind that reviews of things like coffee are completely subjective, let me try and highlight who I think this coffee is and is not for…
For those of you who are die-hard dark roast coffee lovers and want something with a ton of body and grit, the Gedeb Lot 002 is very likely not the coffee for you. To me, this coffee is best when it's brewed with the care and attention it deserves.
This is not to say that I don't think it would do well when whipped up through a blade grinder and thrown into a simple auto drip coffee maker.
On the contrary, this was one of the most (if not, the most) forgiving coffees I brewed all year, and I think it could do well under most brewing conditions. Seriously, it was almost impossible for me to over or under-extract, it just had a sweetness to it that couldn't be avoided.
Having said that, I think this is a great coffee for anybody who takes their coffee black or is looking to get started with brewing craft coffee at home.
I seriously can't wait to get my hands on another bag before it vanishes for the season.
You can buy the Gedeb Lot 002 from Black Oak Coffee Roasters while it's still available, on their website here. If it's not currently available, check back next Summer-Fall.