Our first Washed Ethiopian of the 2021 season
Sparkling acidity and balanced sweetness in every brew
Nano Challa is a smaller, relatively new washing station in Western Ethiopia's Jimma Zone. It was not long ago that coffee from Jimma was considered poor quality and passed over by many buyers. That started to change in 2009 when work began with the coffee arm of USAID. Producers learned how to divide the coffee based on quality, organize cooperatives, and run the business side of the operation. The quality, and therefore, the premium pricing received for the coffee, improved almost overnight. By the next season, the Nano Challa washing station was making a name for itself and beginning to grow. What started as 123 members is now 740 members, and a new sister washing station, Nano Genji, was built to keep up with the volume.
Nano Challa has become a gold standard in coffee production and has lifted the entire Jimma region. The farmers in the region were able to see a future in coffee and this changed how they produce and harvest the coffee. Before Nano Challa was established the smallholder producers sold their sundried cherries to traders for low prices and no feedback loop for improvement. What was considered some of the lowest quality coffee in Ethiopia has become specialty grade across the region. The cooperative makes sure 90% of the price they receive for the coffee is divided amongst the members. They believe farmers must get the maximum benefit and recognition for the work they do. This is another reason the cooperative has gained popularity - hard work, quality, and operating with the highest integrity.
Washed Ethiopian coffees dazzle us every year. We are privileged to offer this lot from Nano Challa as our first of the season. Our sourcing partners have worked with Nano Challa since the beginning and bring in stunners year after year. Dial into white grape and sugarcane with a 1:16.5 brew ratio, filtered water at 208-210℉, a medium grind, and a 3-3.5-minute brew cycle.