Fruit flavors are juicy and clean, strawberry jam and berry-like brightness illuminate the cup, hints of sweet citrus, peach puree and tart acidic impression. City to Full City.
|Region||Dabaye Kebele, Shakisso, Guji|
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr, 15+ Screen - some partial quakers in the roasted coffee|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
Remember our 2018 Ethiopia dry process "Hambela Hassan" coffee? This is from the same station owner, Kedir Hassan, the older sibling to Esmael Hassan, who you may remember as the producer of another Guji coffee we've also carried, Kayon Mountain. "Dabaye" is the name of the kebele where this Hambela station is located (a town, more or less). We were lucky enough to sleep at this station on our December 2018 visit sleeping in a pair of military tents replete with cots, overlooking the couple hundred drying tables below us. Kedir is a proficient and capable engineer as well as coffee farmer, and built the entire Hambela station in one season. You wouldn't know this, as it's visually apparent everything was built with high processing standards, and efficiency in mind. Of course he did not complete Hambela on his own, and thanks to his long standing connection with the the people in this area, he had much needed community support. Hambela sits at 1816 meters above sea level, and coffee is grown as high as 2100 meters. They mostly buy coffee from farmers in the surrounding kebeles of Buliye, Wamana, Borticha, Dari Rogicha and Dabaye, of course.
After last year's standout dry process "Hambela Hassan" coffee, we anticipated high quality from this year's lot. Hambela Dabaye certainly delivers. Light roasts have berry fruit and a baking spice laden fragrance, with creamy vanilla/caramel sweetness underneath. The aroma has a strawberry jam element, fruit/berry and caramelizing sugar sweet smells lace the aromatically potent steam. City and City+ roasts are pretty amazing when brewed as pour over. The cup is remarkably clean considering how this coffee is processed. Berry notes are evident right off the bat, strawberry jam and berry-like brightness illuminating the cup. Fruited notes hint at sweet citrus and peach puree, and the flavors are juicy and clean. I prefered my lightest roasts of Hambela, where fruit and even a tart acidic impression are present. It cups most like a washed coffee in this context, albeit a fruit forward washed coffee. Full City roasts are still delicious but trade vibrance and clear fruit flavors for pleasantly bittering roast tone more dried fruit characteristics. If you're looking for a dry process Ethiopia espresso, this is the one to pick up (of the two currently listed) as body is opaque and weighty. But because I think this is too wild for the average espresso drinker, I'm witholding the espresso recommendation from the coffee "specs" tab and short description.