Fresh crop Ethiopias have got to be our favorite time of year. Refreshing, juicy, light and perfectly paired with the warm summer weather. Nano Genji lot #6 is full of mouth-watering watermelon, peach ring sweetness and nectarine like clarity to the flavor profile.
Direct from the sourcing team who made this coffee possible, Red Fox Coffee Merchants: “After 11 years of loving Nano Challa, we’re pleased to welcome Nano Genji, Nano Challa’s sibling mill, into the Agaro family. Historically once of the most coveted coffees in all of Western Ethiopia, Nano Challa membership did such an amazing job with production and processing that the tremendous premiums they were receiving caused their membership to swell to a level that pushed their capacity as far as it could go. This year, they opened Nano Genji a few miles away with brand new Penagos equipment. In 2009 when Aleco first traveled to meet the people behind the Nano Challa cooperatives, their coffees were going into the marketplace undifferentiated and undervalued. Aleco saw the unique character of their coffee and invested in developing relationships with its producers, which have grown stronger to this day.
In the cup expect everything wonderful about the traditional Brazil flavor profile: nutty, laden with various chocolates and a velvety mouthfeel. Unlike many large estates who tend to be more concerned with producing volume than quality, Sweet Blue exhibits clarified flavors. The nuttiness tastes like macadamia and the chocolate similar to a delicious dark cacao. Towards the finish - and particularly as it cools - anticipate dried fruits like raisins & figs to come to the surface. A daily drinker at the Roastery and one of Deb's absolute favorite coffees on our offering list.
Nearly 5 years ago, when we began our Limited Release program, a beautiful coffee from Brazil came across our cupping table. It blew our previous notions of lower elevation coffees away. It was clean, full-bodied and exceptionally robust. Since that first cupping, Sweet Blue has become a core offering. Daterra Estate is the only estate we've ever worked with due to their commitment to sustainable practices and care for our planet. They separate their lots by cup characteristics and processing methods, an organizational system we've never seen as intensive as it is at Daterra. Situated 1,150 meters above sea level, "Sweet Blue" is processed using a pulp-natural method before it is vacuum-sealed in 12-kilo bags to preserve freshness. This particular way to organize, manage and ensure quality showcases in the cup year after year.
Sweet and layered aromatics range from cardamom to spiced apple cider. An easy-drinker through and through. The cup pops with a sweet, pleasant nuttiness similar to macadamia nuts. The finish carries that fresh red apple cider taste making for an delicious coffee to crush mug after mug.
Our second offering from La Pradera! Elena, with her immense knowledge of specialty coffee in Colombia, introduced us to Hacienda La Pradera. From those first samples, we knew a longer term relationship was being born. Over the course of the last year, Dean at Ally Coffee Importers helped us develop that relationship.
Mildred Daza, owner with her husband Oscar of La Pradera, helps with administration and leads the women’s coffee project, Finca Santa Maria. A group of 22 women, all heads of their household, together operate the farm. We are proud to offer this delicious coffee for the next season!
The Castillo variety was grown at 1,800 meters above sea level and processed using the washed method.