Nigusie Lemma is a coffee producer group in the Gore area northwest of Jimma, and it is the first lot we secured through the Ethiopia Direct Specialty Trade (DST) Auction. It's a way for smaller lots of high quality to bypass the Coffee Exchange (ECX) where all lots are made anonymous. With the DST we know where the coffee came from and who grew it. Given the importance of direct trade between coffee buyer and the grower, and the general trend of quality-conscious roasters to want a first-person relationship with their coffee sources, the ECX seems like a step backward, toward coffee as mass commodity. But in providing the DST bypass, as well as (hopefully) new mechanisms in the coming year for small buyers to deal directly with growers, coops and private groups, they have shown sensitivity to the needs of businesses like ours, and so many others. It was important for us to participate, and show our support for the DST. And we were happy to find a few lots of quality. The Negusie Lemma was our absolute favorite natural (dry-process) coffee, and I am so happy that after untold shipping delays it arrived and cups fantastic! The preparation is outstanding, the cup ... well, look at the numbers.