Duromina has intense cup flavors, nectarine, peach skin, herbal rue and orange marmalade notes are attention grabbing. Deeper roasts pull out cacao bittersweetness and rustic dried stone fruit. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-18 Screen - a few partial quakers, but overall quite clean|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This coffee from Duromina Cooperative is part of an initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. We have been involved with Duromina for several years now, selecting our favorite lots from the separations they put together starting early in the season. Duromina was formed with the help of a non-government organization that not only coordinated agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also had a business adviser assigned that helped the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. This is a key position; I have never known a coop to get this kind of expert advice from outside ... not in Africa at least. A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper in debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. Duromina "graduated" from the NGO program a few years bvack and operates independently with the oversight of a farmer-member leadership group. Duromina is in the Goma region of Agaro Woreda, with farm altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. The name, chosen by the farmers, has quite a straight-forward meaning: it roughly translates as "Make More Money!" With the solid price Duromina receives for their coffee, and their success reinvesting in the Goma area, the name has proved quite appropriate. NPR did an interesting audio piece on this coop a few years back: Cinderella Story.
Duromina's high level of sweetness and intense fruited notes are apparent right from the get go. The dry fragrance is front-loaded with stone fruit jam, a layer of honey sweetness, and mixed fruit and spice smells. Adding the hot water brings up a scent of dark honey, and the wetted crust seemingly saturated with stone fruit sweetness. The cup flavors echo the aromatics in multi-layered fruit tones, subtle floral hints, and unrefined sugar sweetness. City roasts make for the brightest cups, a subtle lemon tea high note backs syrupy flavors of nectarine, orange marmalade, and an herbal rue note. The sweetness is like burned caramel, intensity increasing with roast tone, and Assam tea accent comes through in the finish. City+ roasts are more bodied and flavor notes like apricot and peach skin coming to mind. Chocolate tones are the trade off with more roast development. Not a bad thing at all, especially if you prefer roast intensity, though fruited flavors are not compromised. Top notes of dark berry and a semi-rustic natural dried apricot note come up, fading to a cacao-laden finish. Acidity level is moderate in comparison to some of the Yirga Cheffe's we've carried, but structuring none the less. Duromina is wonderful as SO espresso too, creamy in mouthfeel, and flavors of dried stone fruit and dark chocolate sauce are attention grabbing.