Amazing fruit juice sweetness, clean and crisp red berry, peach essence, lightly caramelized sugars, sweet grain. The body is light, complimenting the cleanly disappearing sweetness and fruit jelly flavors. This is a coffee that intensifies greatly as it cools. City to City+.
This coffee from Duromina 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 advisor 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 Ketemaye, the business advisor for Duromina, 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. (Interestingly, Duromina means "make yourself wealthy" in the local Oromifa language). 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, Duromina being one of the first to arrive despite a huge shipping backlog for coffee leaving Ethiopia. Duromina is in the Goma Woreda, with farm altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. I was here in November we brought a home roaster, and powered by car battery and an inverter, held an entire cupping for the coffee farmers!
Duromina is a sweet, delicate and well-structured cup, totally different from the typical dry-process Jimma coffees. The fragrance from the dry grounds has stonefruit (peach, apricot) and honey. Adding hot water, the wet aroma has floral notes, peach tree in bloom, almond extract, a hint of cherry. The cup has very refined flavor characteristics, not a "big" coffee, but a restrained and articulate one. My lightest roast (City) have amazing fruit juice sweetness, clean and crisp red berry, peach essence, lightly caramelized sugars, sweet grain. With a little more roast (City+), the grain hint disappears and the ripeness of the berry notes comes to the forefront. The body is light, complimenting the cleanly disappearing sweetness and fruit jelly flavors. This is a coffee that intensifies greatly as it cools, so to truly appreciate it, focus on the taste as the cup loses temperature.