This one is a real treat! Lalibela’s aroma will catch you before you even dig deeper into the flavor of this single-origin coffee from Ethiopia. Our Lalibela roast is most commonly referred to as “wow” but also described as sweet and heavy-bodied, with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and blueberry.
These Arabica beans are certified Fair Trade and Fair Trade Organic, making it a responsible choice whether you drink this every day, or serve it for special occasions.
We think of this coffee as something really special, showcasing some of the region’s best beans and a great reflection of to Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. See below to learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela in Ethiopia.
Flavor notes: Blueberry, vanilla, chocolate
ABOUT LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA
This roast is named for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela where eleven churches are carved into the ground from rock. Dating back to the 12th century under the reign of King Lalibela, these Christian churches were originally intended to be a symbolic pilgrimage site and expression of heaven on earth.
Even without this major undertaking, the life of King Lalibela is notable. He was born and immediately swarmed by honey bees, thus being named Lalibela, which means “The bees recognize his sovereignty.”
Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian countries. These eleven churches were meant to represent Jerusalem, especially since many would-be pilgrims could not make the trek to Jerusalem from Ethiopia without the threat of being eaten by animals and other hazards common almost 1000 years ago. The most famous of the Lalibela churches is the Church of St. George, shaped like a cross. The church has different levels and is said to represent Noah’s Ark – the bottom below sea level for Noah’s family, the middle levels for cattle and other mammals, and the top for birds.