Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

Ethiopia Hambela Washed

Location: Floyd, Virginia

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

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2016

Agtron: 65/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicately sweet, complex. Honey, frankincense, wisteria, nectarine, pistachio in aroma and cup. Richly vibrant acidity; very silky mouthfeel. All flavor notes carry over into the flavor-saturated short finish, with frankincense-laced nectarine lingering into the long.


Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional 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). Ethiopia coffees processed with this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Established in 2010, Red Rooster is an organic-certified micro-roaster focusing on socially conscious coffee and high-quality coffee. Visit redroostercoffee.com or call 540-745-7338 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A washed Ethiopia cup both delicate and resonant, orchestral in its aromatic complexity.

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