Nano Challa shines at City/City+, citrus-like acidity, white honey sweetness, stone fruit, and mild Earl Grey and jasmine tea accent notes. City to Full City. Good for SO espresso.
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 sweet smell in lightest roasts (City), stone fruit and tea suggestions, and sugary sweetness that finds it's apex when adding hot water. Brown sugar and toffee smells are focused in the wet aroma, a candy sweetness that reminds me of torrone (minus the nuts), and the break releases a light accent of pearl jasmine tea, giving way to more weighty fruited smells that have elements of fruit cobbler. Brewed, Nano Challa produces a lightly fruited cup at City and City+ roast levels, with refined sweetness, and pristine finish. The underlying flavor is reminiscent of white honey, which is mildly fruited in flavor, and an aromatic note of ginger chew candies. Lighter roasts have a mild citrus note like orange juice, pulp and all, along with subtle Earl Grey and Jasmine accents. Darker fruit tones are built up at deeper roast levels, along with a Ricola-like dark herbal aspect, and the finish is marked by pleasant bittering qualities of cacao and dried orange peel. A mild citrus-like acdity serves as a focal point too, especially in the lighter roasts, adding a mouthcleansing affect to the finish. This years' Nano Challa has a dense mouthfeel, especially in middle to dark roasting, making for a nice choice for espresso blend accent coffee.