Your Next Coffee Obsession- Disasa Buna Ethiopian Coffee
So for a while now I've been wanting to do a coffee post because I am an avid coffee drinker, but it has taken me a while to find a brand that I can really get behind. What sparked my quest?
I recently was back home in South Carolina visiting family for the holidays and my mom, Mallory (my best friend), and I decided to eat at a crepe restaurant called Crêpe du Jour. VERY DELICIOUS CREPES. My mom spent time in France when she was younger, so she's always trying to find good crepes in the states, and this place was honestly so delicious (I suggest paying it a visit if you're ever in Greenville, SC).
Anyway, this specific restaurant employs a manager who oversees all the coffee made in this specific location, and he goes around the restaurant educating customers on the different types of coffee they can order, how the coffee is made, where it comes from, etc.
Needless to say, I ordered a cup and we got to talking. He gave me a lot of insight on the coffee we so readily get from huge companies like Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (no offense if you love those companies, I still do too). After our conversation, I got to thinking: do I really want to ingest coffee from companies that pump their drinks with sugar and creamer and dairy with only a small percentage of the drink actually consisting of coffee? And on that same note, the coffee is made so commercially that it's not even carefully crafted for every cup, but instead watered down and not very strong. Don't I drink coffee for the taste and caffeine?
So I made a decision to drink more coffee at home starting at the beginning of the year and that all the coffee I made for myself would be plain black- no sugar or creamer. I used to drink 3 cups of black coffee a day in high school. I could do it again, right?
ABOUT THE BRAND:
In 2011 Raaji, a company founder, moved to Ethiopia to work with one of the largest coffee exporters in the world. He learned how the international coffee trade operates and how Ethiopia's economy is dependent on coffee. Raaji's father was born in the Wollega Region of Western Ethiopia, and he grew up picking coffee to help his family. Disasa Buna started in 2015 as a way for the Disasa children to reconnect with their heritage and expose more Americans to the best coffee in the world.
Disasa Buna coffee is hand picked on Ethiopian coffee farms and travels 7,000 miles by sea to Charleston, South Carolina. Then, the green coffee is picked up in 132 pound sacks and roasted to perfection. The coffee is then bagged, labeled, and shipped fresh to customers.
Shipping is always free for subscription orders (all the more reason to start with a subscription instead of a single order). They roast and ship same day so subscribers get the freshest coffee possible.
Q & A With Raaji:
Q: What’s he difference between brown and green coffee beans?
A: The green coffee beans are unroasted. They arrive green from Ethiopia in large sacks of 132 pounds. Once you toast them, they develop the medium brown, to dark brown color (depending on how long you roast).
Q: Why did you guys choose to use a subscription service to deliver your coffee?
A: We wanted to provide the freshest coffee possible. Our subscription coffee is roasted and shipped same day. Since the subscriber count and delivery date is known we can have a regular roast schedule. We roast extra for one off and wholesale orders. The subscriber gets the benefit of getting super fresh coffee without having to remember to order. Our split is currently about 50/50 between subscriptions and single orders.
Q: Why is it important that the coffee comes from Ethiopia?
A: Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Home to some of the world's best coffees. Our parents are also both from there. I was born and raised in the US but lived in Ethiopia from 2011-2015 working for a large coffee exporter. Basically it is what we know.
Q: Where are you guys located in the states?
A: We are located in Columbia, SC
Q: Do you have plans to expand Disasa Buna farther than South Carolina?
A:We are taking the steady approach to expanding. We have a solid customer base now and are constantly looking for ways to grow that number. 80% of our business comes from referrals of existing customers so we must be doing something right!
WHY I'M OBSESSED:
Um hello guys, HAVE YOU EVER HAD ETHIOPIAN COFFEE?!? It's the best.
But no, on a serious note I love this coffee for a various reasons. First off, it's from my hometown!! I went to college in Columbia, SC. So HELLO, gotta support your local businesses! Also, this coffee tastes amazing. I'm not kidding when I say I'm a coffee snob (as I reminisce on all the basic white girl drinks I've ordered at Starbucks over the years- hi grande skinny white mocha!!). When I got to try this coffee, I could tell immediately it was going to be good just by opening up the packaging. You can smell the coffee before you even open up the bag, and then once it's open the smell is overwhelmingly delicious! I was seriously considering dunking some of these beans in some dark chocolate and making some snacks for myself. Finally, this coffee comes in a subscription service. Do you know how many times I've wanted to kick myself because I've suddenly run out of coffee in the a.m. and now have none to make at home for myself? Happens all the time.
Disasa Buna clearly knows what they're doing when it comes to coffee. Training in Ethiopia, and being so transparent about how the coffee is made means a lot to a coffee consumer like me. I like to know what I'm putting in my body, and just where it comes from in the world. Due to all these facts, I give Disasa Buna my stamp of approval... now let me go make a cup of coffee to celebrate. Go to disasabuna.com/christine to order your first subscription today!
A DISCOUNT CODE?!
Yes! I have discount codes for you! If you're interested in the product, and you want to try it for yourself, please go to disasabuna.com/christine to order your first subscription today and use these codes:
for 35% off first payment on new subscription to Disasa Buna Ethiopian Coffee OR
for 20% off single order.
INTERESTED IN A SUBSCRIPTION?
Disasa Buna Ethiopian Coffee offers
several subscription options:
1 bag a month for $18
2 bags a month (1 bag delivered every 2 weeks) for $32
4 bags a month (2 bags delivered every 2 weeks) for $54
Go to disasabuna.com/christine to order your first subscription today!
Well guys, there you have it. I've done the research, I've tried the coffee, and I couldn't be happier about my decision. Now it's time for you to try it too. If you're looking for a new brand of quality coffee, or you're just out to support a small business, this is the next coffee you need to try! My coffee drinkers, you will not regret this purchase. Go to disasabuna.com/christine to order your first subscription today!Take advantage of the discount codes, load up on a subscription package, and enjoy some of the best coffee in the world.
Much love to you all.