HAMBELA

Drinking a cup of Hambela is like walking through a tranquil, blooming peach orchard… We are tasting fresh peach, white grape, lemongrass, orange blossom, cream, and honey. This coffee has a luxurious mouthfeel and sweetness that gives a great structure for these flavors to flourish. We chose this coffee for its balance, luxurious silky body, and intense aromas. Hambela can please the coffee connoisseur and the new coffee drinker alike, through its balance and sweetness.

 Roast Level:
 
Clear

 

Description

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and is consistently yielding flavor profiles that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. The varieties have been there so long that they have all cross-pollinated to the point of being fully heirloom.

Our Hambela Guji comes from the Hambela Washing Station in the Guji region of Ethiopia. Hambela operates a coffee plantation and partners with more than 1000 farmers to source coffee. They are committed to working with the local farmers to improve quality and productivity.

Hambela has been supplying coffee to the auction for over 20 years, but was only established as a coffee exporter in 2014. They own 3 washing stations: two in Guracho village and one in the Hambela District.

The Guji region is named for one of the tribes of the Oromo and is one of the administrative zones of the Oromia region. The zone was created in 2002 when the uplands of Borena zone were split to create it. The Guji region enjoys ideal coffee growing conditions. Its volcanic soil is bursting with nutrients, creating a deep red and brown top-layer of soil. The region’s high altitude, bi-modal rainfall pattern, and dry weather allow for the cherries to develop slowly.

Farmer:         Various small farmers

Farm:             Hambela Washing Station

Region:          Guji, Oromia

Country:        Ethiopia

Altitude:        1900-2100 MSL

Process:         Washed

Varietal:        Ethiopian Heirlooms

Taste:            Peach – Orange Blossom – Honey

Aromatics:      Peach, White Tea

Acidity:          Bright, juicy

Sweetness:        Medium

Pair this coffee with:
  • Fruit Tonic
  • Orange Scone
  • Lemon Sorbet

Recommended Brewing Methods:

Filter: C70

19g in – 300g out, 205f water

Three 100 gram pulses.

4:00-4:15~ brew time

We are experiencing deep brown sugar sweetness, silky body, grape, and black tea. This coffee tastes great just about any way you brew it, but we were finding the C70 was really letting the things we like most about this coffee shine – the body and sweetness with light fruit characteristics, balancing everything out. We were also achieving similar results with the Kalita Wave at the same brew ratio, but at a 3:30 brew time.

Espresso: 

We felt this coffee was incredible as a single origin espresso shot. The body and sweetness create a structure for the acidity and florals to really shine here. It has a lot of diversity in flavor profile based on how you pull it. When you bring the ratio to the 2:1 area, you tend to get heavy lemon aromatics and acidity mixed with a dense sweetness that makes you feel like you are biting into a lemon bar. The peach and florals take a step back but are still present in the cup providing some wonderful complexity. On the other end of the spectrum at around 3:1 and up, you really focus on balance and separation of flavor. You can really push extractions it seems as if it has endless sweetness to pull. The flavor transforms completely as well as focusing on flavors in the stone fruit group like peach and apricot. The lighter fruits really start to shine in these extractions as well flavors we didn’t get in this coffee any other way like honeydew, red apple, and raspberry.

The three recipes we enjoyed the most were:

19g in – 55g out, 200f water

Pressure: 9 Bar

28 seconds

(peach, jasmine, honey, juicy)

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20 in – 75g out, 200f

Pressure: 9 Bar

27 seconds

(apricot, honeydew, red apple, brown sugar, structured)

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21g in – 42g out, 200f water

Pressure: 9 bar

34 seconds

(lemon curd, graham cracker, cane sugar, intense)

Additional information

Weight 1.1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in
Package Size

12 oz, 5 lb

Whole Bean / Ground

Whole Bean, Fine Grind – Espresso, Medium Grind – Pour Over / Auto Drip, Coarse Grind – French Press / Cold Brew