Big Creek Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Hambela Alaka

Location: Hamilton, Montana

Origin: Hambela Wamena District, Guji Zone, Oromia region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2019

Agtron: 55/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

High-toned, crisply sweet-tart. Apricot, almond, maple syrup, narcissus-like flower, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish: apricot and narcissus in the short with cedar resurfacing in the long.


Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees 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). Big Creek Coffee Roasters is a small, quality-oriented batch roaster located in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Visit www.bigcreekcoffeeroasters.com or call 406-375-7508 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A balanced, classic Ethiopia wet-processed cup: cocoa- and citrus-toned with sweet florals throughout.

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