Hambella picks up the fruit where Chelbesa Natural left off. Our second Ethiopian natural of the 2019 harvest is fruit-forward, creamy, and delicious.
Coffee is the seed of a fruit, and most of the coffee we roast and drink is washed - that is, the fruit is removed from the seed before drying. For this lot from Hambella Washing Station and other natural-process coffees, the coffee is dried with the fruit still intact, and the dried cherry is removed during milling. This process imparts a uniquely fruity, jammy quality to the coffee, though improper and uneven drying carries a distinct risk of off, funky flavors and early fading. The best naturals, though, taste like a blend of coffee and fruit punch.
370 smallholders in the woreda (village) of Hambella pick their ripe coffee cherry and deliver it to the Hambella Washing Station, where it is sorted for ripeness, laid out on raised beds, and further sorted over the course of several weeks’ drying time. We tasted dozens of naturals from throughout Ethiopia this year to follow up to Chelbesa, and this lot from the Guji Zonewas a standout for its sweet fruit and creamy body.
Hambella should be an easy choice for all you fruit-forward coffee lovers out there. We’re tasting ripe strawberry, blueberry, mango, and a sweet cream in our mugs.
Blue Orchid is Huckleberry’s house espresso blend. We serve this coffee every day in our cafes, and it is designed to be approachable, both as espresso and as a brewed coffee, with and without milk. If you’ve ever had a great latte experience at one of Huckleberry’s cafes, Blue Orchid was the base.
While the Blue Orchid blend does change frequently, we try to maintain a sweet, full-bodied, chocolate and caramel flavor profile by using Central and South American coffees specifically chosen for those qualities. This is great tasting comfort coffee, and is a well-rounded crowd pleaser, especially if some of that crowd likes cream in their cup, or is still making the transition from darker roast profiles into specialty coffee. We love intense floral aromatics, but some mornings we just want the chocolate, toffee, and a bit of milk in our mug, and for those days, Blue Orchid is our go-to.
The current version of Blue Orchid is a blend of Brazil Pocos de Caldas and a washed coffee from smallholder farmers in the La Coipa area of Peru's San Ignacio province.
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Don't call it a dark roast! Okay, okay...we won't.
How about we call it Civitas and say it's "a slightly darker roast with slightly longer development"? Yea, that sounds cool!
In either case, we're excited about this one! Huck has long believed that we should (or could) be just as proud of our darker & more developed coffees, as we are of our lighter offerings.
It just took us a while to find a roast profile that still checked all the boxes for us!
Our Civitas blend is meant for the fan of a full bodied coffee with notes of dark sugars, chocolate, toffee, and a great nuttiness -- not unlike our Blue Orchid Blend, but a hair darker than that.
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Wolichu Wachu is our second coffee from the Uraga area of Ethiopia's sky-high Guji Zone, and was one of our favorite washing stations from our visit to Ethiopia this past winter. Wolichu is our coffee of the month for November!
This area of Guji is a relatively new player in the specialty coffee scene. The area has amazing growing conditions, and has had the potential for great coffee for a while now, but is exceedingly remote and difficult to reach. Coffee buyers weren't visiting, there was a lack of infrastructure and investment due to lack of name recognition. So, a good amount of coffee from Guji was moved over to Yirgacheffe and sold under the name of Ethiopia's most famous coffee region.
Luckily, thanks in part to some changes in Ethiopia's regulatory structure and the way coffees are sold, washing stations from Guji are now seeking a name for themselves and the coffees have been among our favorites for the past few years.
Wolichu Wachu is a beautiful station, and was among our favorite places we visited in Ethiopia. The coffee is beautiful, too - complex and delicate. We're tasting melon, nectarine, and earl grey tea with a bit more bergamot than usual in our third washed Ethiopia of 2019.