Hamasho is the type of dry process ("DP") coffee that you may run out of adjectives describing the cup profile. It's just so fruited and delicious. But more than that, it is a refined cup for DP making the flavor notes a lot easier to pick out, even for the casual drinker. The dry fragrance has a berry smell that reminds us of mixed berry Kool Aid powder, so sweet and fruity, notes of fruit candies, orange and strawberry too. Pouring the water over the grounds punctuates the complex fruit characteristics and weaves together a broad palette of fruited notes like blueberry, tropical fruits, banana and orange creamsicle. The cup is loaded with complex fruited flavors like red raspberry, tart blueberry, mango, peach puree and strawberry Starburst candies. A black tea characteristic adds a tannic aspect to the mouthfeel, like the pleasant bittering of iced tea. One of the most surprising elements in the cup is the vibrant lemon flavor that shoots up through it all, chalking up yet another reason why this DP is so unique.
This dry-process lot comes from a privately owned processing site near Hamasho Village, tucked away in the Bombe mountains of Ethiopia's Sidama growing region. Along with coffee from their own farm called "Daye Bensa", they are buying and processing coffee from local farmers from three different growing areas nearby such as Shantawene, Bombe and Keramo villages. This lot is made up from coffees grown by farmers only in Hamasho village, none of their own estate coffee or coffees from the nearby villages are mixed in. The Hamasho site is really high up there, over 2,200 meters above sea level! It's astonishing, really, and not only responsible for producing super dense coffee, but you see some smaller size beans too.