Onyx Coffee Lab
Ethiopia Modor Shantawene

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Rogers, Arkansas


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Bean Source Country: Ethiopia
Process: Washed, dried on raised beds
Character: Silky

This washed heirloom variety from the Bensa region falls within the coveted category of archetypal coffees. Boasting ripe apricot sweetness and delicate florals like jasmine, this Shantawene has been picked and processed to perfection. This lot is the reason why we return to the Bensa region time and time again for washed and natural processed offerings. Performing exceedingly well as a filter offering, you'll find your space filled with sweet florals as soon as water hits this brew. This is one of the first arriving coffee of the 2022 harvest from our friends at Catalyst Coffee. Much like the rest of the coffee world, Ethiopian coffee has had a tumultuous and challenging year. Between the pandemic, a tense election, and the start of the Tigray war, sourcing coffee in Ethiopia has presented unique challenges over the past three seasons. Our friends Zele, Emily, and Michael at Catalyst have continued to source amazing coffees and do so with kindness and generosity. At the outset of this season, we faced the fact that we would go through another season of cupping samples stateside and forgoing a trip to East Africa due to the pandemic. Instead of sending samples back and forth, we made the trip to Portland to visit their new lab to cup alongside them. We were able to complete our selections for the entire season after two intense days of cupping. We have a long love of the Bensa region and the coffees that are produced there, so it was no surprise that we selected this beautiful washed lot out of many others.

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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Courtney Huck

    15 roasts rated, avg score of 4.53

    4.00 - Average

    3.50 - Aroma

    3.00 - Value

    5.00 - Finish

    3.00 - Flavor

    3.50 - Acidity

    4.00 - Balance

    This was an interesting coffee flavor that was well-done, but I don't think was for me because it's more "fruity" than I typically like. It's also on the pricier side. However, if you enjoy slight flavors of apricot and florals, then this could be the perfect blend for you.

    Cupping Method:Filter

    1 year ago ยท See more from Courtney

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Bean Source Country: Ethiopia
Widely regarded as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia boasts diverse and complex flavors, from bright, floral, and citrusy in Yirgacheffe to wine-like and berry-toned in Sidama. The country's heirloom varieties, combined with unique processing methods, make Ethiopian coffee truly distinctive and sought-after by enthusiasts worldwide.

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Onyx Coffee Lab is a coffee roaster from Rogers, AK United States. We have 55 cataloged roasts with 35 total reviews with a score of 4.37.

International Rank: #8 out of 862
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- Ethiopia
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