A little lower in density than its companion, this is still a relatively dense coffee, and otherwise mirrors much of the observations regarding the Bishan Fugu lot, including a somewhat low water activity reading, small and somewhat spread-out screen size, and a slightly dryer than average moisture reading; all hallmarks of the region. Like its companion, this was classified as a Grade 1 green coffee on export.



For a naturally processed, this coffee sure is dense and of the two roasts below, we preferred the faster roast of this coffee with its strawberry and blackberry pie acidity. The longer roast, PR-351, added dark chocolate and vanilla to the mix while rounding the edges of the acidity in the cup. Both roasts were easy to manipulate and this coffee behaved much more like a washed coffee than a natural.


There is a wall of Bonavita brewers hanging out here at The Crown for an event, So Evan and I broke one out for the analysis this week. We decided to pit the Bonavita against the Kalita brewer because they both have flat bottom filters and would likely be a more equal comparison. To our surprise, the two brews were very similar in flavor and quality. Our preferences between the two were more due to personal flavor preference. We invited a few traders to settle the score and brew preference remained a 50/50 split! Jennifer Huber liked the brighter acidity in the Bonavita brew, while Peter Radosevich enjoyed the fruited berry flavors that came out in the Kalita. We kept the water to coffee ratio (as well as preinfusion) the same, but the batch size and grind needed to be adjusted in order to represent each brew method fairly. More on that soon!

Origin Information

Hambela Estate
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
October - December
1,900 – 2,200 meters
Clay minerals
Dried in the cherry on raised beds

Background Details

This coffee is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development PLC (METAD).  METAD is a third generation family owned business with a rich history that began after World War II when the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot and family matriarch, with land in the Guji and Sidama zones that has become the Hambela Coffee Estate.  METAD is managed by Aman Adinew who returned to Ethiopia after many years working abroad at the executive level for multiple fortune 500 companies because he wanted to make a difference for his family and community.  Through Aman’s leadership, METAD has strengthened the local community with employment opportunities including a workforce that is over seventy percent women, educational opportunities including sponsorship for a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than four hundred students, and healthcare for employees.  METAD was also first to partner with Grounds for Health in Ethiopia to implement a successful cervical cancer screening program for women within the coffee growing communities.  METAD provides technical assistance and shares modern farming equipment with other local farmers.  METAD also has the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab on the African continent used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.