Duromina Organic

Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar – 2022

Dec 11

Taste Profile: Peaches, apricot, floral orange blossoms & black tea
Origin: Jimma Zone, Ethiopia
Producers: 327 smallholder cooperative farmers
Variety: Native varietal 1274 and mixed Ethiopian heirloom
Process: Fully washed, Wet fermented, Dried on raised beds – Organic

The Duromina cooperative is found in the Jimma Zone district in mid-western Ethiopia. Many were doubtful that change would come about but in 2010 114 farmers got together and formed the Duromina Cooperative. With a capital of just 78.000 Ethiopian Birr, which is around 1500 USD, the men and women got to work, getting rid of all their diseased coffee trees and planted fresh seedlings that were resistant to coffee berry disease. Everyone was trained on the requirements of specialty coffee and learned the best way to plant, tend and harvest their coffee trees. The management has stayed strong and therefore they have succeeded to produce highest quality from year one.

The farmers bring the coffee cherries to the two washing stations where they are sorted by hand to remove under-ripe and over-ripe cherries. After the sorting the cherries are pulped and soaked under water for 8 hours before they are carefully rinsed until completely clean. The wastewater is filtered through Vetiver grass before it goes back into nature. The coffee is hand sorted again after being washed to remove impurities and defects. Dried on raised beds for about 10 days.

This coffee is the result of a non-profit Technoserve project that is meant to increase the quality of the coffee and prices for the farmers through a transparent and sustainable system. They are helping with setting up the washing stations and new cooperative structures. This has so far contributed to a significant increase in payment for the 327 producers.

We are very excited to continue to support this project and even more excited to be able to offer this extraordinary coffee.

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