This year's washed Ethiopian gem arrived a little later than usual, but we think you'll agree that this one was worth the wait!
The Hamasho Bombe is vibrant, lush and crisp while at the same time being soft and juicy with its approachable complexity. The cup really opens up as it cools with the sweet stone fruits coming to the front. Makes for a stellar pour over, drip, or single origin espresso in the small cup (not too much milk)
lemon drop | cane sugar | earl grey | jasmine | stone fruits | bergamot
WASHING STATION hamasho
REGION bombe mountians
ALTITUDE ~2300+ m
The producers of Hamasho live high in the beautiful Bombe mountains and have an out-grower relationship with our Ethiopian partner, Daye Bensa. The out-grower group consists of about 1,500 farmers in various parts of the mountain range and these producers deliver their coffee to Daye Bensa’s Hamasho Washing Station.
Daye Bensa works with various communities of out-growers from whom they receive cherries and work with multiple washing stations in the Bensa Sidama area, including some of which they own. In addition to Hamasho, over the past 5 years, our counterparts in Europe have worked with some of their other washing stations, notably: Shantawene, Keramo, and Bombe. Fun Fact: the producers who deliver cherry to the Keramo Washing Station are actually neighbors to the farmers who deliver to the Hamasho Station. As such, we have also seen quite interesting profiles out of Keramo!
Due to the staggering elevations of up to 2,300+ meters, the beans are very dense, with heavy concentrations of the smaller screen sizes (the majority of the coffee screen sizes at 13-14). The Washed Hamasho is traditionally wet fermented for between 36 and 72 hours, and then dried on African beds for about 12 to 15 days, until the coffee reaches approximately 10% moisture. During peak sun, the beds are covered to prevent over drying.
We start talking to our exporting partners sometimes way earlier than pre-harvest. As we do our best to look for underexplored/newer regions, during this call a few years ago, we asked Daye Bensa if they could send us a type sample pack from some of their newer washing stations. When the sample pack arrived, the Hamasho lots stood out above the rest! We have been buying these lots ever since, as well as other lots from various Washing Stations under the Daye Bensa umbrella.
Content courtesy of Daye Bensa