Aroma and flavor profile: Jasmine, Black Tea, Butter, Creamy, Floral, Milk Chocolate, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Sweet.
Process: Honey processed
Altitude: 2100-2300 meters
Variety: Mixed Heirloom Vareitals
This honey-processed lot gets its name from Hambela Wamena, in the Oromia region of southern Ethiopia. It is made up of coffee from 90-130 growers whose farms, of typically 3-5ha, are situated on loamy to clay soil at 2,100-2,300 meters. The coffee is grown under semi-shade alongside other cash crops such as enset (false banana), barley, maize, beans and peas.
Only the fully ripe red cherries are selected at delivery to the washing station before being processed. Honey process was selected because the coffee of this area has a unique taste profile which is enhanced by this method. After processing, the residues are converted into fertiliser which is distributed back to the growers to improve the soil condition.
Mekdes Bogale, the owner of the washing station, has implemented various social projects such as road construction and providing much-needed credit services to the growers ahead of harvest. There are also plans to improve the site – expanding operations as well as experimenting with and implementing different processing techniques.