It’s back! After only a few months hiatus from offering last year’s special lot, we’re ready to bring you the superb updated Duromina for 2018! We’ve been extra diligent on the roaster this week putting this coffee through her paces, and the luscious sweet spot we’ve found is a great revelation of how hard work here at home can make a coffee this stunning really shine. We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing this coffee as one of our first of the fresh crop from Ethiopia this season.
Over the years we’ve deepened our relationship with the Co-Operative and their representative Union, Keta Muduga. It is the Union who is in charge of selling Co-Operative coffees in Ethiopia, and we have gone to great lengths to buy directly from Keta Muduga, not via intermediary exporters or importers. Taking on all the risk is pretty nerve wracking but we do it to be able to transfer a fatter piece of the pie to the producers themselves. We also get to cherry pick from specific microlots that represent distinct points during the harvest. This means ripeness and homogenaety of the lot is greater, compared to how coffee is usually exported from Ethiopia – essentially randomly taken from the massive pile accumulated over the whole harvest period.
Importantly, what sets the Keta Muduga Co-Operatives apart is their level of investment into community infrastructure.
Duromina has contributed funding to build a health center; high school; road construction and power infrastructure for the community in collaboration with neighboring Co-Operatives Biftu Gudina and Hunda Oli that we also purchase from. Each for example is contributing a block to the new high school.
It took us several years to develop the strong relationship we have with the Union and we are proud to directly represent their coffees outside of private exporters and finance institutions. Exporting out of Ethiopia directly is incredibly complicated, bureaucratic and political: we are proud to finally say our bank loves their bank (albeit via European banks) and we can work completely independently. Why is it so important to purchase directly and upfront from Keta Muduga? The more vertically integrated the Union is in the value chain has a direct financial impact on the Birr/kg bonus each farmer receives; increases dividends enjoyed by member share-holders who choose to invest in their co-operative; and means there is more capital to invest into non-coffee related projects that benefit the wider community. It’s a no brainer but by no means easy.
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