Ethiopia Nano Challa

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We're heading west for our third and final washed Ethiopia of the 2020 harvest. While most of our Ethiopian coffees come from Yirgacheffe and Guji in the southern part of the country, coffees from Nano Challa - alongside its sister cooperatives in the Kata Muduga Cooperative Union, Yukro, Biftu Gudina, and Duromina - have become some of the most sought-after coffees in Ethiopia over the past few years.

Our friends at Osito Coffee Importers - who we also work with for coffees from Burundi and Mexico - sent us a set of samples from Kata Muduga earlier this year, and this particular lot from Nano Challa was lights out. Alongside Mustefa Natural, this was one of two great reasons to branch westward in our Ethiopian offerings this year.

The Kata Muduga is one of the newest cooperative unions (a cooperative of cooperatives) in Ethiopia, born out of a joint development project from USAID and Technoserve in the early 2000s. With coffee fairly well-developed (or at least well-known) in Southern Ethiopia. USAID and Technoserve built several washing stations in Western Ethiopia, with the hopes of building up the coffee industry in different parts of the country.

Cooperatives, including Nano Challa, Yukro, and Duromina, among others, formed around these washing stations, and quickly began producing coffees that rivaled the best from Yirgacheffe. While these co-ops started as part of the Oromia Union, a few years ago a handful of them branched out to form Kata Muduga. We've featured lots from Yukro in Phantom Limb the past few years, but this our first time offering one of the Kata Muduga coffees on its own.

This lot from Nano Challa pops. We're tasting juicy clementine and bright red berries, balanced with delicate florals and sweet honey. A great endcap to our 2020 washed Ethiopias, and a great reason to roast up some delicious coffee from Jimma.



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