Start with Full City, balanced bittersweetness, rich chocolate flavors, high % cacao bar, bracing acidity, subtle floral aroma, tart lemonade, orange peel, berry juice, anise and more. Full City to Full City+. Fantastic Espresso.
|Region||Guji Zone, Ethiopia - Ahuachapán, El Salvador - Nyeri, Kenya|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried, Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||All Current Crop|
|Cultivar Detail||Ethiopian Heirloom Cultivars, Bourbon, SL-28, SL-34, Rurui-11|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||Full City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
I know, "O-Rama" is generally used to refer to an event or store of some sort - Bargain-O-Rama, Produce-O-Rama, Coffee-O-Rama (yes, it's out there), etc. So let's just call this an espresso event, one that sees a shining star of an washed Ethiopian coffee paired with a classic, chocolatey toned El Salvador and just a small dash of wet-processed Kenya for vibrance. It's the kind of flavor-o-rama you can only get through blending. It's an "event" because it's limited, only around for a short time. Why "Hama"? Because 1/2 of this blend is made up of Ethiopia Kochore Jet Hama Station, a 92 point washed Ethiopian coffee that's a real floral bomb when roasted light and doubles as a deliciously fruited and chocolate-y espresso shot. The other 1/2 is mostly comprised of an El Salvador bourbon that adds to a bittersweet core and inclredibly inky body and an AB Kenya that provides tangy lemon flavors that are sure to wake up your taste buds at Full City and even Full City+. Full City is my recommended starting point for this Workshop and what the review is mostly based off of. For me, that's where the perfect flavor combination is conjured; bittersweet, fruited and vibrant.
Start with a Full City roast of Hama-O-Rama and adjust from there, but I have a feeling you may not need to. That's my favorite espresso roast, where a nice balance is struck between unrefined sugary sweetness and opaque bittersweet roast flavors, leaving plenty of space for top notes to make their presence known in the shot. The aroma has subtle floral allusions, afforded by the healthy dose of washed Ethiopian coffee and most noticeable in ristretto shots. Whether pulled long or short, you should expect bracing acidity. After all, 2/3 of the blend is made up of washed African coffee! The flavors are certainly bittersweet from the outset, but the hefty chocolate roast tones are matched by tangy citrus flavors too. Tart lemonade is the bright spot in this chocolate-laden espresso, shifting to a note of bittering orange peel in the finish, mingling with rich, dark chocolate flavors like high % cacao bar. Dark berry juice like blackberry and blueberry were noted on subsequent sips as was an aromatic pipe tobacco note in the very long finish. Sweetness can still be found at Full City+ as roast tones reach their apex and herbal accents of burdock and anise pleasantly fill out the finish. FC+ would be the better option for milk drinks, but I wouldn't personally want to dilute these flavors at all!