Expect elegant, refined flavors, and a downright floral brew. Pearl jasmine and black tea, vivid acidity, sweet lime, salmon berry, mango, mild spiced notes and pristine, pointed sweetness. City to City+.
|Region||Hambela Wamena, Guji Zone|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.2 d/300 grams; 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+|
"Akrabi" are coffee traders in the Ethiopian language of Ahmaric, which seems appropriate for a coffee that was traded through the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange (ECX). But unlike ECX lots from the past - stripped of traceability soon after they are obtained - this lot comes with a history. To begin with, we know exactly where it comes from, which was something lacking in coffees purchased through the ECX in previous years. And farmer payments are tracked too. This coffee was processed at a wet mill in Woreda Hambela Wamena called Hassen Ware, which serves as a collection site for the local farmers to sell their coffee. Most farms in the are are very small with less than 1 hectare of land, often 500 trees or so planted. The altitude around Hassen Ware ranges from around 1850 - 1950 meters above sea level. This is a fully washed coffee that has been sorted started with the whole coffee cherry, all the way to the final green, hand sorting employed all along the way. I roasted this coffee to City, City+ and Full City. As you'll see in my review, I don't think Full City suits the cup profile. It's a thin bodied coffee, and while super complex and floral at City, the perfumed characteristics don't seem to hold up to dark roasting. Light roasts, on the other hand, are elegant and just fantastic.
Light roasts of Hambela Wamena are a sweet treat, with delicate, perfumed floral, and with tart, structuring acidity. The dry grounds have a complex bouquet of floral top notes, accented by fragrant spiced hints that touch on cinnamon tea and all spice. The aroma is intoxicating, a redolence of floral jasmine and honeysuckle flowers is raised in the steam, along with sweet raw honey smells. This is a coffee that wins competitions. Try as a pour over and you'll see what I mean. Body is on the thin side, so keep it light and bright and you'll be rewarded with tea-like flavors of pearl jasmine and black teas. It shows vivid acidic impressions that are both tart and grabby like sweet limes. The cup flavors unfold as the coffee cools, and light touches of tart salmon berry, dried mango, mild spiced notes and pristine, pointed sweetness. The coffee is elegant and brisk, and floral flavors and aroma are anything but subtle. I tried Full City roasting and was disappointed having already tasted a City roast. Body is too thin for dark roasts in my opinion and the roast tone muddies the cup. But City roasts....wow. Expect elegant, refined flavors, and a downright floral brew.