Stunning, complex, and juicy, Hamasho is an excellent example of the high-quality coffee produced by Daye Bensa in the staggeringly high elevations of Bensa, Sidama. In the cup we find deep peach, bright white currant and juicy blood orange, with a distinct florality in the finish.

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Producer     Daye Bensa & producers from Hamasho Village

Farm             Hamasho Washing Station

Region         Bensa, Sidama

Varieties     74518 & Local Landraces

Process       Washed

Altitude       2300 masl

Importer     The Coffee Quest



From our friends at The Coffee Quest:

The producers of Hamasho live high in the beautiful Bombe mountains and have an out-grower relationship with our Ethiopian partner, Daye Bensa. The out-grower group consists of about 1,500 farmers in various parts of the mountain range and these producers deliver their coffee to Daye Bensa’s Hamasho Washing Station. Daye Bensa works with various communities of out-growers from whom they receive cherries and work with multiple washing stations in the Bensa Sidama area, including some of which they own.

Due to the staggering elevations of up to 2,300 meters, the beans are very dense, with heavy concentrations of the smaller screen sizes (the majority of the coffee screen sizes at 13-14). Daye Bensa is no stranger to quality and has learned how to produce high-quality coffees: in 2020, they won 7th place in the COE with their Assefa Dukamo Natural, grown on their farm, Gatta. And in 2021, they received 8th place in the COE, with one of their Washed Hamasho lots!

Bensa, Sidama

Woreda Bensa is located in the famous Sidama Zone, and enjoys altitudes ranging from 1,800-2,300 + masl. These elevations lead to slow cherry maturation, markedly high bean density, and as such, deeply complex flavour profiles.


74158 is one of six selections that were approved for release in 1974 as part of a CBD-resistance (Coffee Berry Disease) selection program. During the 1970's, researchers from the Jimma Agricultural Research Centre searched the forests in the Illuababora zone for CBD-resistant mother trees. Today 74158 is heavily propagated in South Western Ethiopia, and is one of two dominant varieties in Bensa, along with 74112.


Wet fermented for between 36 and 72 hours, and then dried on
African beds for about 9 to 12 days, until the coffee reaches approximately 10% moisture. During peak sun, the beds are covered to prevent over drying.



The Coffee Quest

FOB Pricing

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

3.95 USD per lb

Lot Size

Total lot size 12,000kg Subtext purchased 240kg.

Relationship Length

This is the second year The Coffee Quest has worked with Daye Bensa, and the second year we have purchased coffee from their stations.


Subtext cupping score of 88