This washed Ethiopian coffee is balanced, crisp, complex and clean. You’ll fin at first raspberry flavour, then very sweet peach. This coffee is also floral, which balances the fruit of this coffee very well.
It’s a coffee that shines very well using the drip method. Whether you use paper filters or fabric filters, the fabric will give more texture while remaining clear (which is interesting with very lively and fruity coffees).
Only 50 smallholder farmers contribute to this lot. They are located around the village of Daki Bor Lebatu, in Akibor Kebele, a small area of Guji's Hambella sub-region. This community is a part of one of the most impressive outgrower programs we've seen anywhere in Ethiopia. Each group (like these 50 farmers) receives regular contract from our production partner, Dimtu Coffee. Dimtu's impressive outgrower program keeps highly detailed record of all smallholders who contribute. In exchange for registration and a commitment to deliver their cherry to Dimtu's Damu Washing Station, farmers receive high quality agronomy training and QC training around picking and transport. Every year we gravitate to Dimtu's programs like the one they have in Daki Bor Lebatu - rarely in the coffee world do we see Dimtu's level commitment to sustainability and high level of field organization.
Ethiopia is a coffee powerhouse. It's the birthplace of the plant, the seventh largest producing country in the world, and one of the world’s leading consumers of coffee as well. Because coffee is such a vital part of the economy in Ethiopia, the government has a hand in it, making for an interesting coffee context. Ethiopia is proudly a nation that has never been colonized, and the longtime government has been from a tribal minority (the Tigray). In 2018 there was a coup that installed an Oromo president - the largest tribe in Ethiopia. Its namesake region, Oromia, sprawls awkwardly south and west from the capital city Addis Ababa - and covers the majority of coffee territory in Ethiopia.
Of the over 100 million people in Ethiopia, almost 15 million rely on coffee for income. Coffee accounts for 60% of foreign income, and is about 40% of total country exports. For the scope (Africa's largest producing country) and importance of the industry, there's a surprising amount of consolidation. Things are constantly changing in Ethiopia but for the most part, buying happens in three ways, from an Exporter who buys off the ECX, from a Coop Union which markets coffees collected from member coops, or direct from a single producer or estate (as long as they have a farm over 2 hectares, they can export). You can see more about these below.
Price paid to Damu washing station : 2.12$ usd / lbs
Total price paid: 3.20$ usd / lbs
C-Market: 1.08$ usd/lbs
- Type: Single origin
- Notes: Raspberry, Ripe peach sugar, Ylang Ylang
- Country: Éthiopia
- Region: Guji Hambella
- Washing Station: Damu
- Producers: 50 smalls producers around the washing station
- Process: Washed & fermented in water tanks for 36 hours
- Varieties: Heirloom
- Altitude: 2000 - 2200m