Bonko is a 300 member cooperative of small farmers, averaging about 1 Hecatare each. It's in the Sidamo region, Dara subdistrict. This is a special lot we selected, hence the Black Sun designation from the export mark. It's a natural coffee, another way of saying dry-process. This means whole ripe coffee cherries are picked from the tree and laid out to dry on raised screens (sometimes called African Bed drying). This is a great method for dry-process coffees since fermented flavors emerge if the fruit takes too long to dry, and a raised bed means that convective air currents dry the coffee from above and below. Good drying is really evident in the cup here, as well as the fact that only red-ripe cherry went into the lot. This was part of a program called "Operation Cherry Red" designated to pay higher prices to the farmer coops for better-quality harvesting. This shows in the quality of the roast and the clean sweetness of the cup. Ripe fruit and rustic sweet syrup dominate the dry fragrance. There is ample strawberry and "apricot preserves" in the sweetness too. The cup has the same jammy flavors, strawberry, stone fruits - apricot, peach and plum. It has a hazelnut roast tone behind the fruited notes at City+ roast, and mild milk chocolate begins to show itself at Full City. It's a rare natural Ethiopia that can take a lighter roast and not have some sort of odd cup flavor emerge. Again, it's a testament to the fact that this lot is well-picked and well-prepared at the mill. If you can keep this to a City or City+ roast, you will be rewarded with a fantastic cup!