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Ethiopia Sidamo - Nura Korate Coop.
This amazing offering from the birthplace of coffee has knocked my socks off. When we sampled this gem, I grabbed as much as we could get in the store. This coffee is elegant, smooth and fun to drink. Check out those flavor notes below.
Wash Station: Nura Korate Cooperative
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Region: Sidamo, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1400 - 2200 meters
Soil: Volcanic Loam
Process: Full Natural, Sun Dried
Roast Level: Medium
The first taste gives you some heavy notes of milk chocolate and strawberry jam. It has a light note of ripe raspberry along with a very mild acidity. The body is heavy with a rich velvet-like finish.
This lot comes from the Nura Korate Cooperative, which is under the umbrella of the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU). The SCFCU is a Cooperative Union which supports the Cooperatives in the Sidama region through education programs, exportation assistance, buyer/producer connections as well as infrastructure. The Sidama region is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), which borders Kenya and South Sudan. The SNNPR produces almost half of the coffee in Ethiopia, around 100,300 tons.
These are true sustenance farmers, in many cases it is almost more accurate to describe the harvests as “garden coffee,” as the trees do sometimes grow in more of a garden or forest environment than what we imagine fields of farmland to look like. There are some large privately owned estates, as well as co-operative society comprising a mix of small and more mid-size farms, but the average producer here grows relatively very little for commercial sale.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level: The average producer here delivers their cherry to the washing station, where it is blended with other producers' deliveries and processed as necessary. The Natural coffees are dried on raised beds that are 25 meters long. Drying takes 15–20 days, weather depending.