|This month is all about one particular, and very very special Ethiopian co-operative: Duromina. It blew us away on arrival (again) and we couldn’t help but go all out and roast it for both Filter and Espresso brewing.
From the Agaro region of Jimma, Duromina is close to our hearts. We have hung our hats on this coffee for several years now, and there are many reasons why:
- our close relationship with the Co-Operative and it’s representative Union: Keta Muduga from who we purchase directly;
- our access to a selection of specific microlots as opposed to being shipped coffee ‘from the pile’ as in most cases;
- our control over export and import logistics because we buy directly from the Union and not via intermediary exporters or importers. Guys, this is super super rare. That a roaster and importer takes on all the risk is pretty unheard of; and we get rewarded by being able to pass on a bigger piece of the pie to the producers themselves, and we get special access to choose amongst separated lots from distinct harvest periods;
- our deepening understanding of the coffee itself and how it wants to be roasted. It’s not every Ethiopian Co-Op lot that can be equally as stunning as both filter and espresso roast profiles.
But above all, as we always say, it’s the intrinsic quality of the raw product that is the base of all goodness. And this particular Co-Operative has shown a consistency and improvement year on year that is hard to beat. This is impressive for Co-Operative coffee that relies entirely on the combined efforts of hundreds of small growers.
Ethiopian coffee is for us the most complexing, intriguing and exciting place to discover and learn about coffee. The cradle of humanity is also the birthplace of Coffee, where is still grows as an understory of native forests. Genetic diversity of the still thriving landraces is crazy, so it’s no wonder that on the complexity scale, a cup of Ethiopian coffee is off the charts. The socio-political role that coffee plays all over the country is fascinating, and every single time we visit we are again humbled by the history of this seed that now moves the world.
Read on for some more information on the important social role Duromina plays in the community and for the hundreds of small traditional land stewards who deliver their red cherries to the central processing stations.
And as always, we have some of our photos we’d like to share as well.