Ethiopia Nano Challa is a new coffee to thump and the cooperative from where it comes, with the same name Nano Challa, is a new cooperative with whom Stumptown Coffee Roasters has developed a relationship. They visited this cooperative twice during the last harvest season and commented:
“… [We] immediately noticed the quality of their harvest and the active improvements to their processing operation. This lot represents the first clean washed processed version of what could be some of the oldest Arabica strains in the world…
“In the Gera District of Western Oromia, there remain large tracts of pristine forest where tall, spindly coffee trees grow wild. Many coffee farmers in Ethiopia are now planting tree varietals that are recommended by local research centers, however, the farmers of the Nano Challa Cooperative have stayed close to traditional planting methods. Their coffee consists of an unknown number of indigenous varietals, brought from the forest and culled over generations. In addition to coffee, the Gera forest is also known for honey production. ‘Both coffee and honey production require us to manage our forest resources closely,’ explains a local leader. ‘If people cannot support themselves and the forest at the same time, then the trees will be the first to suffer. We are proud that our forests have given us a gift to share with the world.’ “
“Flavors: Fresh ginger and raw honey notes run fragrantly rampant in a coffee laden with profoundly sweet flavors of candied orange and sugarcane juice.”
To learn more about this coffee, please go to the Stumptown website.