After Roastin’ Ratzy’s left us a comment at the end of January recommending Bodhi Leaf Coffee Trader’s Ethiopia Hambela, I’ve been trying to get my hands on some. Well, the coffee cupboards were bare and the time was right to get another coffee to review. So, here we are. Ordering off their site, Bodhi Leaf requires that you go through PayPal to make a purchase. I really dislike being forced to use PayPal. It’s just not as convenient as being able to enter my card info and go. Close, but not quite. The price of $18.95 was terrific for a pound of coffee, and shipping was $6.60.
The packaging. The coffee came in a padded USPS envelope with a strip of Bodhi Leaf branded tape across the top. It was really nice to see some branding on the package, but of I prefer to get a package that feels like Christmas. This did not. Inside was coffee and a packing slip. No cards, notes, stickers, or any kind of extras. Paying over $6 for shipping, I felt a little indecisive about the whole experience. One one hand, it was a full 16 ounces of coffee. On the other, I still expect a bit more when paying for shipping. My mind was totally blown by the bright colors and printing inside the coffee bag itself. Great job on that.
The coffee. The Ethiopia Hambela was a washed processed heirloom variety with flavor notes of Caramel, Stonefruit, Juicy, and Tea. I got Caramel right away when I tried it. I still have no idea what juicy is, and how to taste for it. But I’m seeing it on more and more coffees. Stonefruit actually refers to a collection of fruit, not just one in particular. I had no idea until the wife let me in on the secret when I asked sarcastically: “What’s a Stonefruit?” It refers to fruit with a pit, like nectarines, peaches, cherries, etc. Go ahead and look it up, I’ll wait. Crazy, huh? Overall, the coffee was very good and tastes much better plain black as opposed to sugar and creme.
The conclusion. I bought the coffee based on a recommendation based on a trusted source. The total price of about $25 for a full pound was really good when compared to the rest of the specialty coffee industry. Still, the clunkiness of having to go through PayPal to order online and the mediocre packaging the beautiful coffee bag showed up in means I likely won’t be back. With so many coffee competitors out there, I wasn’t excited enough about the whole process to include it in my regular coffee drinking habits.
Have a different experience? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.