Ethiopia Agaro Jimma

Ethiopia Agaro Jimma

Farm Description

This coffee is part of an initiative we have in Ethiopia to work directly at the coop level. The program is administered by a non-government organization that not only coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also has a business advisor assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. This is a key position; I have never known a coop to get this kind of expert advice from outside ... not in Africa at least. A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper in debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. With this lot we can verify that the great price we paid will result in a fair distribution of funds, a better managed coop, investment in the mill, and even better coffee next year! The farms are in Goma Woreda, with altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Agaro Jimma is a sweet, delicate and well-structured cup, totally different from the typical dry-process Jimma coffees. The fragrance from the dry grounds has peach, apricot, and honey. Adding hot water brings up an intensely sweet smell of apricot preserves, jammy, with floral scents as well. The wet aroma is floral, peach tree in bloom, almond extract, a hint of cherry (City+ roast). The cup has very refined flavor characteristics, not a "big" coffee, but a restrained and articulate one. My lightest roasts (City) have amazing fruit juice sweetness, clean berry notes, peach essence, lightly caramelized sugars, sweet grain. With a little more roast (City), floral and fruit flavors intensify, and the ripeness of the berry notes comes to the forefront. At Full City the chocolate starts to dominate. The body is relatively light, complimenting the cleanly disappearing sweetness and fruit jam flavors. This is a coffee that intensifies greatly as it cools, so to truly appreciate it, focus on the taste as the cup loses temperature. This coffee is outstanding for use in espresso, either as a straight SO shot or as part of a blend. Also, the milk drinks we made with it had had a remarkable saturated honey sweetness.

Score

89.2

Lot Size

50 bags of 60 kgs

Roast Recommendations

City to City+ roast levels have the best sweetness and fruited notes. Full City has more berry fruit notes and slight chocolate bittersweet. Darker roasts not recommended.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Hand sorting coffee, Gera, Jimma, Ethiopia

Sorting parchment coffee on raised beds, Gera coop

Day lot separation for quality control, Gera, Jimma
 

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