|Processing||Wet Process Style Machine Washed|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||June 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+, an incredible cup at light roast levels, where citric acidity shines bright|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Yukiro Cooperative was once part of an initiative in Ethiopia focused on working directly at the coop level. Administered by a non-government organization, they helped the cooperative with coordinating agronomists, managers, and with business advisors to helps 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. The ultimate goal of the program is to get the cooperatives they work with to the point of self sustainability, which Yukiro has now achieved. Because of this work and the resulting transparency of the organization, we can verify that the great price we paid will result in a fair distribution of funds, a better managed coop, investment in the mill, and even better coffee next year. The farms are in Goma Woreda, with altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. Yukiro currently has 520 members (170 female members), and have improved their beds and warehouse capacity in the last year, as well as installed a new Penagos 2500 coffee pulper.
Light roasts of Yukiro have tart fruit and delicate floral notes, citrus-like acidic impressions as bright as any Ethiopia we've had so far this year. City roasts are where the most clarity in cup flavors are acheived, citric to tannic acidity propping up the complex nature of the coffee. The fragrance and aroma smell of honey and raw sugar, and a scent of black tea is accented by a hint of lemon. The aroma is as sweet as the smell of fresh baked ginger snaps, sugar browning and subtle spice intimations highlighting the steam. A pour over of City roasts yield perfumed retronasal aromatics, especially once cooled. A lilac floral note graces the cup, along with citrus accent notes such as sweet lime, orange, and pink grapefruit. The coffee flavors are clean and clear, uncompromised by much in the way of typical bittering coffee tones. The sweetness is like simple syrup, or table sugar, sweetening the cup without drawing your attention away from this coffee's inherent vibrance. Our City+ roast delivered a mild dried peach note, caramel sweetness, and orange rind in the aftertaste. Yukiro shows best when roasted light and bright, and makes a fantastic pour over brew option.