This coffee is not a powerhouse, but a sweet, bright, clean and refined Ethiopia cup. Juicy and sweet, light roasts have red currant fruit, shifting to plum and black tea notes at Full City. The mouthfeel is light with floral and fruit notes as the cup cools. City to Full City.
This coffee from Nano Challa Cooperative is part of a new initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct 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 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. 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! There will be about 10 coffees we offer this year from this system, Nano Challa being one of the earliest arrivals. This is the second lot of they year from this coop. Nano Challa is in the Gera Woreda, with farm altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. I was there in November we brought a home roaster, and powered by car battery and an inverter, held an entire cupping for the coffee farmers!
This coffee is not a powerhouse, but a sweet, bright, clean and refined Ethiopia cup. The dry fragrance has sweet honey and jasmine floral notes, with peach pastry fruit. The wet aroma has jammy apricot fruits, as well as an aroma I can only describe as "almond croissant," sweet and confectionary in character, but mild as well. The cup is juicy and sweet, particularly in the light roasts. City to City+ roasts have a red currant fruit, that shifts toward darker plum and black tea notes at Full City roast level. It has hawthorne flower, but seems more violet-like as the cup cools. Mouthfeel is light and juicy as well. The cup has a bracing brightness especially in the light roasts, and a very well-structured character overall. It's no fruit-bomb Ethiopia coffee, but a retrained and clean cup. Darker roast levels are nice, but seem to lose a little: Full City roast has less fruit and sweetness, with a nice Dutch cocoa roast tone. The finish has a slight dryness, and I notice a few quakers in my test roasts that might be responsible for some of this. It's not that distracting, but removing these few obvious quakers seems to give the finish more polish. The floral and fruit notes intensify as the cup cools, really distinguishing this coffee on the cupping table.