Ending the 2015-2016 Ethiopian Crown Jewel releases on a classy note, this delight is typically dense with good looking moisture and water activity figures. The majority of the coffee falls between screens 14-16, making consistent, if a bit on the small side. The prep is nice; the lot was exported as a Grade 1.
I made a small change to our typical grind setting, going a little coarser than normal with the expectation that this Hambela, like many of our other Ethiopian Crown Jewels, would be relatively soluble and might benefit from the long contact time with large particles in a Chemex. The resulting brews were a little on the thin side, and while Jen’s first roast, PR-417 performed very well on the cupping table, it tasted a little bitter at 19% extraction. The shorter roast was thin, but pleasantly floral.
Feeling confident I could produce a better brew, I switched to Kalita and knocked out a second try of PR-418 that seemed to agree with everyone’s sensibilities a little more. If you can, keep an eye on your extraction percentage and brew ratio – this coffee, at least in our experience, benefited from a higher % extraction at a lower coffee-to-water ratio. Specs below: