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Duromina has an intense cup profile at a wide range of roasts, honey sweetness accented by notes of peach and nectarine, orange marmalade, fruit-infused green tea, a kaffir lime floral aroma, and so much more. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City and City+ produce the brightest cups, and still quite juicy; City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This coffee from Duromina Cooperative is part of an initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. We have been involved with Duromina for many years now, and are some of the first to make selections from Duromina's harvest each year. Duromina was formed with the help of a non-government organization that not only coordinated agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also had a business adviser assigned that helped 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. Duromina has now "graduated" from the NGO program and operates independently with the oversight of various farmer-member leadership groups. Duromina is in the Goma region of Agaro Woreda, with farm altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. The name, chosen by the farmers, has quite a straight-forward meaning: it roughly translates as "Make More Money!" With the solid price we pay the cooperative for their best lots, and their success reinvesting in the Goma area, the name has proved quite appropriate. NPR did an interesting audio piece on this coop that you can listen to HERE.
Delicate fruited notes and honey sweetness are apparent right from the get go. The dry fragrance is front-loaded with a swath of stone fruit smells fresh and dried, and intense raw honey sweetness. Adding the hot water brings up a smell of dark honey, and the wetted crust seams saturated with cooked peach and nectarine. The cup flavors echo the aroma in multi-layered fruit tones, subtle floral hints, and a sweet, unrefined sugary base flavor. City roasts make for the brightest cups, a subtle lemon high note backs perfumed flavor notes of nectarine, orange marmalade, and floral kaffir lime. I get tea-like flavors too, that with the stone fruit character, come off like fruit-infused green tea. City+ roasts are lively as well, and the sweetness is like unrefined sugars, and body sees a boost as well. Chocolate tones are the trade off with more roast development. Not a bad thing at all, especially if you prefer a layer of roast tone, and fruited intensity is uncompromised. Top notes of dark berry and plum come into focus at Full City, fading to a chocolate-orange finishing note. And Duromina is one of our favorite Ethiopian espressos, so much of the stone fruit character coming through sweet and bittering chocolate flavors at Full City, as well as tangy orange accents.