03 ETHIOPIA DUROMINA
03 ETHIOPIA DUROMINA
- 100% ETHIOPIA DUROMINA
- VARIETY: HEIRLOOM
- PROCESSING: WASHED
Producer: Duromina Cooperative
Region: Agaro, Jimma, Oromia
Altitude: 1900 masl
CUPPING NOTES: Bright with soft sweetness. Assam tea, brown sugar, clementine and hibiscus, with a smooth clean finish.
Decades before coffee was globally cultivated, it grew native in the high plains of western Ethiopia, near a place called Agaro Town, in Jimma. For centuries, coffee cultivation was central to the cultural landscape of the region, but was disconnected from quality and had little impact on the local economy.
Being ‘native’ to the region meant that all the sensory precursors for high quality coffee were present, but in the early days, farmers in Agaro were unable to unlock it - forced to either process their coffee naturally, where the coffee cherry is left intact through drying process, or wait to access overcrowded wet mills. Both of these options left room for over-fermentation, resulting in rotten and “pulpy” flavors that stole from the intrinsic value of the crop. For many years, despite coffee being native to this area, the quality was very low and farmers were paid next to nothing.
“Duromina,” which translates, “to improve our lives,” in the local dialect, was constructed in 2010. It was strategically placed in an area allowing access for many of the smallholder farmers in the region. Supported by Technoserve, an NGO with focused initiatives aimed at improving the economic infrastructure in places like Ethiopia, the access to high quality washing processes gave the local farmers a fresh perspective on their crop and almost single-handedly redefined coffee quality in this area.
Coffee at Duromina is depulped and demucilaged leaving roughly 10% of the mucilage on the seed. The pulped coffee is then left to ferment without water for 8-12 hours or so, before being rinsed and carefully dried over several weeks. This careful process promotes a deep, (red-fruit like) sweetness, a sizzling (green apple/green grape) acidity and delicately layered complexity.
This improved quality was rewarded with high premiums; these additional funds funneled back to the Cooperative, which has since thrived. These premiums allowed the Duromina Cooperative to pay of it's four year loan in a matter of 12 months, while improving education, access to medical services for its members, and general infrastructure improvements. Through this significant improvement in coffee quality, Duromina truly improved the lives of everyone in the area.
Being ‘native’, to this region, well-prepped coffees here promote a distinct, highly sought after flavor profile demanding high premiums and delighting coffee geeks around the world. And though we may be tempted to assume that this quality is effortless based on this locational advantage, the quality here is the result of focused intent on behalf of producers, millers, exporters, importers, roasters and baristas alike. Like all regions, quality coffee production is almost never accidental. With this context in mind, we are happy to share a brand new 03: a coffee processed at the Duromina wet mill in Agaro town, Jimma, Ethiopia.
Net Weight 340g / 12oz