SkyTop Coffee

Ethiopia Hambela 1 Organic Natural Alaka

Location: Cazenovia, New York

Origin: Hambela district, Oromia growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2019

Agtron: 57/79

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, fruit-toned, with a hint of sweet ferment. Baker’s chocolate, plum, narcissus, barrel-aged rum, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with brisk acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. Richly drying, flavor-saturated finish.


Certified organic. Oromia is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Hambela Estate has produced fine coffee since the 1950’s. It is operated by exporter METAD, which also operates the only privately-owned quality-control laboratory in Ethiopia that carries Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) certification. SkyTop Coffee is a USDA certified-organic specialty coffee roaster based in Cazenovia, New York. For more information, visit www.skytopcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: A pleasing Ethiopia natural: balanced, accessible, sweetly fruit-forward.

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