Award Winning Specialty Coffee
We LOVE this coffee. Dynamic and delicious whether served hot or iced, this coffee is so fun for both newcomers and connoisseurs of specialty coffee since these big flavor notes are complex yet clear as day and easy to identify and enjoy. If you like our Pool Boy Iced Coffee Blend, you will LOVE this single origin.
Nestled high up in the beautiful Bombe mountains, the producers of Hamasho coffee maintain a strong partnership with Daye Bensa, Coffee Quest’s Ethiopian counterpart and multiple Cup of Excellence award winner. This group consists of around 1500 growers spread across the mountain range, delivering their coffee cherries to Daye Bensa's Hamasho washing station. With elevations reaching an impressive 2360 meters above sea level, Hamasho stands among Ethiopia's highest elevation coffees. The beans have exceptional density and concentrated smaller screen sizes, reflecting the desirably slow maturation process that occurs at such altitudes.
At the Hamasho Washing Station, the cherries undergo meticulous processing. Traditionally wet fermented for 36 to 72 hours, they are then carefully dried on African style beds using clean plastic mesh and sheets for about 9 to 12 days until the moisture content reaches approximately 10%. During periods of intense sun, the beds are covered to prevent over-drying. Washing stations like Hamasho play a crucial role as collection points for Ethiopian farmers, serving as central hubs for post-harvest processing and the continuous pursuit of quality improvement.
Our partners at The Coffee Quest are pleased to report that Daye Bensa receives cherries primarily from organic farming practices. The limited access to resources in recent decades has naturally diminished the use of chemical fertilizers among many Ethiopian growers, making their coffee organically grown by default. We refer to coffees grown in this fashion as "passive organic." Daye Bensa obtained organic certification in 2020, a significant milestone. Additionally, Daye Bensa holds UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certifications as part of their commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.