Our 50/50 blend celebrates the citrusy, floral flavors found in washed coffee alongside the fruit-forward, berry hallmarks of a well-executed natural coffee.
Various Smallholder Farmers
Washed and Natural
2000 - 2400 Meters
October - December
Jasmine, Pomegranate, Elegant
It’s our fifth year showcasing this half washed process and half natural process blend from Hambela Estate in Southern Ethiopia. You’ll sip a balanced cup of perfumed florals layered on decadent pomegranate notes. This year’s seasonal blend offering combines two very different tasting coffees into one extra special combination. Coffee delivered to this mill can have two paths. One is the washed route, where all layers of the fruit are removed mechanically then soaked underwater before moving on to be dried. The other way is natural. All layers of the fruit are left on then dried out in the sun on raised beds. Even though the coffee fruit is the same, the two processes produce entirely different end results.
Bela Bela Espresso works perfectly as your everyday espresso or as a brewed coffee. This version we have been liking pulled fast and medium in output.
I really love this coffee as espresso in my morning cappuccinos!
Elegant and tea like is correct
As much as I tried to grind this finer or coarser for my chemex pourover i couldnt quite make it unpalatable. It was smooth, tea like, a little fruity like pomegranate. It wad great as a fast or slow pour. My favorite beans so far.
Missed the mark the second time
Bela Bela was so delicious and wonderful that I got another bag. I absolutely had to! It was bright and very well-rounded and has to be one of the best coffees I’ve hands-down.
Quite unfortunately, the second order just wasn’t as great. I believe that it may have been roasted a little too much as it wasn’t as delicious as the first time around. I’ve even tried to tweak my brewing methods to hit a point I was happy with and I just couldn’t find it. I use a French press, which I know isn’t the best for beans like Bela Bela but I make do. Perhaps I’m chasing the silver dragon here.
Overall, a fantastic coffee and highly recommended. I would appreciate any pointers in order to reach the full potential of such beautiful beans.
Took a lil experimenting with proportions of tablespoons per cup. The recommendation was a touch to much, so I came up with a little more than 1.5 tablespoons per 6oz. Loved it!
Thanks for the tip, Lori! Glad you were able to dial it in.
Just OK this time
Normally the Ethiopian is pungent and full of flavor. I think these were a bit over roasted so it was missing that character. Still was a well sourced coffee anyway.
Thank you so much for the feedback, Tarun. We're bummed to hear it did not meet your expectations. We'll pass your feedback to the team.
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