The underlying sweetness has flavor aspects of clover honey, and along with a puff pastry note, accents of orange, lemon, Earl Grey, ginger chews, and an aromatic woodiness. City+ to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||August 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The Nano Challa Cooperative is part of an initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. The name Nano Challa refers to a local mythic tale about a challenge to become King of Jimma, and the coop adopted it to signify their desire to be a strong cooperative. Indeed, many coops in the West of Ethiopia have struggled to find good buyers who will pay enough for the coffee, to manage their own debts, and from internal struggles and graft. Nano Challa was formed as part of an initiative to aid farmers in a more comprehensive way. The program was 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 adviser assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members.They've since "graduated" from this program, and are now part of an independent, local Union who assist the cooperatives with functions like marketing, exporting, and general representation on an international scale. Nano Challa is a smaller cooperative coffee mill near Gera town in the Agaro area, Western Ethiopia. (The area also has some of the finest honey available in Ethiopia). The farms are at altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters, planted in old regional varieties of coffee.
Nano Challa has a honey graham smell in City roasts, a sweet wheat-like fragrance, along with subtle dried stone fruit and orange peel. Caramelized sugar and toffee smells come up from the wet crust, a candy sweetness that reminds me of torrone, and breaking through the crust releases an earth-toned scent that has more of the honey-puffed wheat quality sensed in the ground coffee. The underlying sweetness in the brewed cup has flavor aspects of clover honey, and along with a puff pastry note, reminds me of Baklava (minus the pistachio). Light roasts are accented by orange and lemon top notes, as well as a touch of Earl Grey black tea. Nano Challa cools to a mix of rustic and fruited accents like sweet herbals, orange marmalade, ginger chews, and an aromatic woodiness. Full City roasting cultivates a rich bittersweetness that is enmeshed with dark orange accents.