Roasted weekly, limited quantities
Coffee Review Score: 94 https://www.coffeereview.com/review/ethiopia-hassen-ware-akrabi/
From Indaba: INDABA RESERVE "Akrabi" are coffee traders in the Ethiopian language of Ahmaric, which seems appropriate for a coffee that was traded through the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange (ECX). But unlike ECX lots from the past - stripped of traceability soon after they are obtained - this lot comes with a history. To begin with, we know exactly where it comes from, which was something lacking in coffees purchased through the ECX in previous years. And farmer payments are tracked too. This coffee was processed at a wet mill in Woreda Hambela Wamena called Hassen Ware, which serves as a collection site for the local farmers to sell their coffee. Most farms in the are very small with less than 1 hectare of land, often 500 trees or so planted.
The altitude around Hassen Ware ranges from around 1850 - 1950 meters above sea level. This is a fully washed coffee that has been sorted started with the whole coffee cherry, all the way to the final green, hand sorting employed all along the way. We roasted this coffee light to preserve its complex and delicate flavors. It's a thin bodied coffee but the flavors and sweetness as it cools more than makes up for it. We hope you enjoy this beautiful coffee as much as we do. Cheers! From Coffee
Review: Blind Assessment: Delicate, sweetly tart, intricately balanced. Apricot, maple syrup, star jasmine, cedar, almond brittle in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart structure with high-toned acidity; elegant, silky mouthfeel. The quiet finish consolidates to apricot and almond. Notes: This coffee earned the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from roasters in the northwestern U.S. for Coffee Review’s April 2020 tasting report. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional, largely indigenous varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This lot was processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying).
Indaba Coffee is a small family-owned business in the heart of Spokane, Washington whose mission is “radical hospitality.” Visit www.indabacoffee.com for more information. The Bottom Line : A complex, floral-toned cup with a stone fruit throughline and nut brittle undertones.