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Casa Espresso: Ethiopia, Nano Challa, Washed

Tasting notes: A vibrant profile with floral notes of earl grey tea with a sweet complex peach acidity.

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By far one of the best coffees we have had this year. It has a vibrant profile, floral notes of earl grey tea with a sweet complex peach acidity. This coffee is produced by over 400 members of the Nano Challa coop at altitudes of 1850-2100 masl. The coop has their own washing station situated in Oromia region of western Ethiopia. The coffee trees are local heirloom varietals and is processed via the washed method.

Location & Farmer

Nano Challa cooperative was established in 2004 by an initial 25 farmer members from the Agaro town in the Jimma Zone, Oromia, Western Ethiopia. The founder members formed the group in order to foster unity and to share in addressing issues they were facing around finding good buyers for their coffee, alleviating debt and improving standards of production. Jimma is an area that had become synonymous with ‘Jimma 5’ – low quality natural processed commercial type coffee that fetches minimal prices on the internal and international market.

The name Nano Challa in Oromifa means “the area above”, a reference to their prime coffee growing location at high altitudes, benefitting from beautiful natural forest and rich organic soils. Nano Challa’s fortunes were boosted in 2010, when they were chosen to be part of the Technoserve Coffee Initiative alongside other remote farming communities in Jimma, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Technoserve provided technical assistance and training to producer groups, and helps coordinate agronomists and business advisors to help improve coffee quality, assist in the management of debt, reinvestment and the fair distribution of funds to each coop member. The impact of the initiative was huge, as it helped coops like Nano Challa transition from natural processing to washed, via the building of washing stations. In fact, Nano Challa was one of the first washing stations to be built in the area under the guidance of Technoserve, along with Yukro and Duromina. Since 2010, Nano Challa’s membership has risen to over 400 and the quality improvements initiated alongside Technoserve have seen the coop’s coffees become some of the finest, most sough after in the whole of the country. This has led to radically improving the livelihoods of farmers and their families in the region.

Brewing

For filter style brews, try 65g of coffee per litre of water.

For espresso try brewing 1:2 - e.g. 20g in and 40g out.

Altitude: 1850-2100 masl
Farm/Coop: Nano Challa
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stove Top, Black
Origin: Ethiopia, Africa
Region: Jimma Zone, Oromia, Western Ethiopia
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: A vibrant profile with floral notes of earl grey tea with a sweet complex peach acidity.
Varietals: Heirloom

Roaster: Casa Espresso

Brewing notes

For filter style brews, try 65g of coffee per litre of water.

For espresso try brewing 1:2 - e.g. 20g in and 40g out.

When do we roast and post your coffee?

We roast on Tuesdays

All single 250g coffee orders will be despatched in letterbox friendly, recyclable packaging, by 1st Class postage. Larger quantities of coffees will be sent 2nd class.

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.