THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Nano Challa is a structured cup, white honey sweetness with mild fruit and jasmine floral accent notes, ginger chews, citrus and Ricola-like dark herbal aspect. City to Full City. Good for SO espresso or accent coffee for espresso blending.
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The Nano Challa Cooperative is part of an initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. The name Nano Challa refers to a local mythic tale about a challenge to become King of Jimma, and the coop adopted it to signify their desire to be a strong cooperative. Indeed, many coops in the West of Ethiopia have struggled to find good buyers who will pay enough for the coffee, to manage their own debts, and from internal struggles and graft. Nano Challa was formed as part of an initiative to aid farmers in a more comprehensive way. The program was administered by a non-government organization that not only coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also has a business adviser assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members.They've since "graduated" from this program, and are now part of an independent, local Union who assist the cooperatives with functions like marketing, exporting, and general representation on an international scale. Nano Challa is a smaller cooperative coffee mill near Gera town in the Agaro area, Western Ethiopia. (The area also has some of the finest honey available in Ethiopia). The farms are at altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters, planted in old regional varieties of coffee.
Nano Challa has a honey graham smell in lightest roasts (City), moderate stone fruit tea suggestions that culminate in fruit pastry smells. Caramelized sugar and toffee smells come up from the wet crust, a candy sweetness that reminds me of torrone. The break lets off promising scent of lilac, as well as a bittersweet and fruit concoction that brings to mind cocoa dusted peach cobbler. All of this translates to a bright and well-structured cup flavor profile. The underlying sweetness in light to middle roasts is reminiscent of white honey, which is mildly fruited in flavor, and a note of ginger chew candies. Lighter roasts have a mild citrus note, along with jasmine flower, and Earl Grey tea accents. Darker fruit tones are built up at deeper roast levels, along with a Ricola-like dark herbal aspect. This years' Nano Challa has a dense mouthfeel, especially in middle to dark roasting, making for a nice choice for espresso blend accent coffee. Nano Challa cups OK at Full City+, but loses the intense sweetness and bouquet of fruit that is afforded at light to middle roasting.