This coffee from Haro Sana 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. This is a key position, and why I chose the picture of Abdo Tahir, the business adviser for Haro Sana, as the image for this coffee. 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. Haro Sana is in the Agaro area of Jimma. The mill is at 1900 meters, and coffee comes from the surrounding farms at a range from 1800 to over 2000 meters.
Haro Sana has fairly mild and clean dry fragrance, with vanilla and caramel dominating over ripe fruit tones. Orange and other ripe citrus emerges in the wet aroma, with sweet butter and caramel. There's a bit of tropical fruit (guava) on the break. The cup has a candy-laced sweetness, with the same ripe citrus flavors detected in the aromatics. The cup flavors and body have a juicy quality, turning toward a almondy nut finish at City+ roast. As it cools, red fruits and cream came out in the cup. There's a bit of tea-like drying quality in the aftertaste.