Ethiopia Hambela Wamena Dry ProcessMy Friend's Coffee
Fruit Punch, Black Currant Jam, Blackberry Soda, Candied Lavender
Let's start with an undisputed specialty coffee fact: there is nothing like a Dry (natural) Processed Ethiopian coffee. They brew tones that are impossibly fruity and floral, with occasional hits of boozy ferment. Every now and again, you'll run into one that tastes shockingly like a blueberry muffin, a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie, or an orange blossom more convincing than the real McCoy. Ethiopia Dry Processed coffees have launched a thousand specialty coffee hobbies (and likely just as many specialty coffee blogs), and here at My Friend's Coffee, they've earned a nickname: EDP. We always try to have an EDP in stock, and this one from the famous Guji Zone is pretty much pitch perfect
Guji coffees come almost exclusively from small farmers, who produce it as a cash crop in their backyards. The coffee is shade-grown, hand-picked by the farmers, and eventually sold to washing stations for processing. This coffee comes from the Dimtu station in Hambela Wamena, an outfit run by one of the more esteemed figures in the Ethiopian coffee community: Aklilu Kassa. Aklilu is a fourth generation producer; his roots run deep, and his expertise runs deeper. This crop puts his expertise on plain display. It consists of hand-selected cherries, each chosen for ripeness before undergoing traditional dry processing.
This stuff smacks of fruit juice, the kind of boxed sugary libations that made Hi-C hip way back when. But the fruit comes in more discernible forms than just punch. There's black currant jam in this brew, sugary, just a pinch tart. Some blackberry soda that hits the cup with a welcome dose of effervescence. The fruits twist into peach and grape on the cool, but the most elevating part is an unusual floral/herb that marks the coda: candied lavender. It's on the finish, and you have to pay attention to catch it, but when you do, it dazzles in the way that only an EDP can.
- Process - Dry (Natural)
- Region - Banti Nenga, Hambela Wamena, Guji
- Altitude - 2100 MASL
- Varietal - Heirloom, Guji, Typica
Unless otherwise stated, all coffees are sold in 12 oz. bags.