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Prototype Espresso 1kg Floral / Hops / Syrup


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Prototype Espresso 1Kg - This is a coffee that is all about intense sweetness and bright acidity with dominant fruit and...

Ethiopian Hambella Natural

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Prototype Espresso 1Kg - This is a coffee that is all about intense sweetness and bright acidity with dominant fruit and floral flavours. This season we have chosen to highlight just one coffee in Prototype, the Ethiopian Hambella Natural. The roast is designed for espresso. We feel this is where it really shines but it can also be enjoyed as a filter.

A Historic Beginning

Hambella’s story began with Muluemebet Emiru. She was the grandmother of the current owners of the farm. Muluemebet was Ethiopia’s first ever female pilot in the early days of aviation. As you would imagine she was quite a celebrity and rubbed shoulders with the highest in the land. After the second world war she was gifted a plot of land by none other than the Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie. To everyone's astonishment she decided to build a coffee farm.

This was quite revolutionary in the 1930’s. Even now the vast majority of coffee grown in Ethiopia is what is known as garden coffee. These are grown by small-holders on small plots of land that belong to families who multi-crop their coffee with other subsistence and cash crops.

A Perfect Location

The Hambella farm is located in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest coffee growing region. It sits at an ideal altitude for coffee of around 1,900 meters above sea level. It cultivates Heirloom Ethiopian varieties that have flourished in this landscape for thousands of years. The farm now covers about 200 hectares and is a good source of employment for the local area. There are now 28 full time staff, which rises to about 700 during harvest time.

A Wider Vision

Part of Hambella’s vision has always been to improve the global recognition of Ethiopian coffee and also help the local community. They now have a state-of-the-art lab, which is the first in Africa to be fully SCA certified. Not only does this help them to produce amazing coffee but they also provide pre and post-harvest training here for other farmers in the area. They have also adopted a school of more than 400 students in Hambella where they have invested in uniforms, furniture, equipment and teacher’s salaries to help encourage staff retention. They are currently working on drilling a well for the school and local community.

Despite Muluemebet's lofty origins they have, as a farming family, always had a strong connection with the land. They reinvest a portion of the profits in sustainable farming practices. These include vermiculture, intercropping and an apiary for crop pollination. Coffee honey from the heady jasmine-like fragrance of the coffee flowers is truly a nectar worthy of the gods!

The Flavours Revealed

The Natural Hambella is dried for 21 days on raised beds. Soaking up the equatorial sun. Intensifying those dried fruit notes of raisin and redcurrant. Turning its flesh into flavour. Over the last few years we have noticed this natural getting cleaner in taste and this year sure is the cleanest yet! With perfume-like florals up front followed by zingy lime. There is the merest hint of hops and the intense sweetness and body inherent of the process. It's everything we love about Ethiopian coffee, amplified as a Prototyope Blend Espresso!

Take a look at more of our Espresso Coffees below.

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