Black Acres Coffee – Banko Gotti

“Banko Gotti Fair Trade” from Black Acres Roastery.


roaster: Black Acres Coffee Roastery; Baltimore, MD
origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
price: $15
tasting: 10/29/18

This coffee comes from Black Acres Roastery, a new roaster small batch roaster out of Baltimore, Maryland. It’s a single origin coffee from the Yirgacheffe region in Ethiopia, which produces so many diverse coffees. The area is also considered the birthplace of coffee, and even through we review a lot of coffees from Ethiopia, they all have such different flavor characteristics. This is another great coffee for the price.

As an espresso,for a single origin coffee it was really good. It’s wasn’t bitter at all, very smooth with berry flavors. A lot of these fruit-forward espresso pulls are not really consistent, but this was each time. It’s not your classic espresso, but certainly worth sipping with a nice flavor profile.

Espresso Rating – 89pts.

As a coffee it had a lot of berries. This is really smooth, well roasted coffee. It’s a coffee that has strong notes of blueberries, and raspberries, and slight hints of orange. It’s a really unique coffee, with surprisingly low acidity. Sometimes it’s love / hate for people with these fruitier coffees, but this one seem to strike a great balance, that season coffee drinkers will appreciate. It’s great to see such a small roaster producing such great coffee.

Coffee Rating – 89pts.

Special thanks to Black Acres for the coffee, visit them at at

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About our ratings – For both ratings (espresso & pour over) we’re looking at the flavor profile, along with drink-ability and balance. Reviewing the coffee as the espresso gives us extra insights into the nuanced flavors of the beans.