Nigusie Lemma is a coffee farmer in the Mitto Gunim area of Limmu Kossa woreda (district) northwest of Jimma. The cup is peaches, right off the bat with mango, dried apricot, blueberry toaster waffle, almond oil, Brazil nut, pineapple, guava, lychee, banana. City+ to Full City+.
Nigusie Lemma is a coffee farmer in the Mitto Gunim area of Limmu Kossa woreda (district) northwest of Jimma, and it is the first lot we secured through the Ethiopia Direct Specialty Trade (DST) Auction. DST is a way for smaller lots of high quality to bypass the Coffee Exchange (ECX) where all lots are made anonymous. With the DST we know where the coffee came from and who grew it. Given the importance of direct trade between coffee buyer and the grower, and the general trend of quality-conscious roasters to want a first-person relationship with their coffee sources, the ECX seems like a step backward, toward coffee as mass commodity. But in providing the DST bypass, as well as (hopefully) new mechanisms in the coming year for small buyers to deal directly with growers, coops and private groups, they have shown sensitivity to the needs of businesses like ours. It was important for us to participate, and show our support for the DST. And we were happy to find a few lots of quality. The Nigusie Lemma was our absolute favorite natural (dry-process) coffee, and I am so happy that after untold shipping delays it arrived and cups fantastic! The preparation is outstanding, the cup ... well, look at the numbers.
Aromatically, Nigusie Lemma has it "all going on", as the kids say, or used to say. The dry fragrance is exploding with fruit ...fill-the-room kind of fruit aromatics. Peach and plum are the dominant fruit notes, with mango as well. It's flamboyantly sweet, a heady, slightly winey and somewhat rustic sweetness, raw brown sugar, and even a suggestion of beef broth. The break is very sweet, fruited with plum and dry berry, as well as toasted coconut and cocoa powder roast tones. The cup is peaches, right off the bat, canned peaches in syrup. After a small temperature drop, other fruits emerge. Again, mango along with dried apricot. In a slightly darker roast I had berry, but more like a blueberry toaster waffle, well done. The mouthfeel is thin on the initial slurp, but as it passes off the palate it thickens, with a waxy slickness, an almond oil quality. The finish has Brazil nut, and the fruits turn toward a tropical fruit salad mix; pineapple, peach, guava, lychee, banana.