Fruited notes layer Duromina's cup profile. Berry and stone fruit, Concord grape, and fruit jam flavors highlight City to even Full City roast levels. Subtle honeysuckle florals add dimension to the cup, and body is lush, heavy on the palette. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
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 the past 5 years, selecting our favorite lots to offer on our site. 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: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/22/202969075/ETHIOPIAN-COFFEE-CINDERALLA-STORY
Duromina is a sweet and fruited cup. The fragrance from the dry grounds has peach and mandarin orange scents, and a mild-honey sweetness. Adding the hot water, the 'honey' aspect builds into strong, clover-honey smell, with a floral caramel and nougat-like aroma on the break. The cup flavors echo the aromatics in multi-layered fruit tones, honeysuckle floral hints, and honey-to-cane juice sweetness. Our lightest roast (City) shows amazing fruit-juice sweetness, peach-apricot-nectarine jammy flavors, and buttery caramel sweetness. With a little more roast (City+), floral and fruit flavors intensify, and the ripeness of the stone fruits come to the forefront. At Full City the chocolate flavors begin to take precedence, with Concord grape and dark berry top notes. The body is thick and full, complimenting the cleanly disappearing sweetness and fruit jam flavors; the acidity is moderate compared to other wet-process Ethiopias we carry, but provides the necessary structure to hold up the top notes found in the cup. Duromina is wonderful as SO espresso too.