Hambela Wamena #1
Variety: Wolisho, Kurume
Origin: Guji, Ethiopia
Producers: Mekuria Merga
This lot of washed Ethiopian coffee comes from Guji - more specifically, the area around the town of Benti. Small-holder coffee farmers in Guji typically have about 3 hectares in production and bring their harvest to centralized stations for processing. Mekuria Mergia owns and operates the Benti Nenka station, where this coffee was sorted, washed, and dried on raised beds. Mekuria has been processing high-quality coffee in Ethiopia for over 20 years - and more recently started his own export business to help his delicious coffees connect with expert roasters around the world. Nordic Approach has been working with Mekuria for several years and looks forward to his lots with every harvest.
We'll be looking forward to future harvests as well - because this coffee is fantastic! A cup of Hambela Wamena #1 is giving us summer vibes, with bright peachy notes and that classic Ethiopian floral tea-like flavor. There's a punch of tropical fruit acidity too - making for a coffee that'll wake you up in more ways than one! Grab your favorite brewing device, and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5
Love the earthy, chocolate, toasted flavors in this one. A rich, mellow cup, not too acidic.
4.5 out of 5
A truly great cup of coffee!
Lately, I have sort of soured on washed Ethiopians, favoring the naturals by a good margin. Cups like this might close the gap! This is a clean, full, clear, refreshing cup. The peach notes shine; they give the cup a smooth, lightly fruity tinge. And, although I normally don't care for the black tea notes that washed Ethiopians often have, they work very well here, strengthening the body without overpowering the flavor and balancing with the peach harmoniously. Finally, the bright, tropical acidity washes the palate clean for an invigorating finish. Yum!