One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag.
Established in 2010, Duromina was the first cooperative of it’s kind in the Jimma Zone of south western Ethiopia, and it paved the way for clean washed processed coffee in this region. Despite absolutely ideal growing conditions, the area was traditional only known for poor quality natural processed coffee. All of the pieces for extremely high quality coffee were in place - high altitude, beautiful heirloom cultivars, ample rainfall, fertile soil - but the missing link to hold everything together was a focused quality control operation. Tired of receiving low prices for their coffee, an initial group of 100 small farmers joined forces to form the cooperative.
Duromina means ‘to improve their lives’ in the Afan Oromo language, and these farmers came together to do just that. With the help of TechnoServe’s Coffee Initiative, which offered technical support, business advice, and access to financing, Duromina was able to build a wet mill and start fully processing washed coffees for the first time. Just one year later they were able to pay off the initial loan in full and keep pushing forward with improvements - most notably, working with the government to fund a road project and building a bridge over a nearby river to connect to the nearest village. Flooding was previously a major issue during the rainy season and made this trip into town totally inaccessible. Duromina continues to thrive today - the cooperative has grown to over 300 members, and their coffee has been bought in sold by specialty coffee roasters across the globe.
We’ve personally had our eyes on Duromina for a little while now - the distinct fresh peach flavors are always hard to miss on the cupping table. Now the stars have aligned, and we have made room on the menu to bring in a small lot of this stunning coffee this year! Duromina is washed with local river and spring water, fermented for 10 - 12 hours, and set out to dry for 9-11 days on an impressive set of 300 raised drying beds. When tasting this coffee, words come to mind like: vibrant, juicy, bright, and fresh. A fruit forward acidity steals the show here. Almost sparkling, it coats the mouth and is extremely reminiscent of peaches. Duromina has proven to be beautifully complex - as it exhibits delicate floral notes, ample amounts of sweetness, and a silky mouthfeel. We’re tasting: peach, nectarine, plum, mango, lemon, jasmine, shortbread, honey, vanilla, black tea. Do you ever daydream of taking a midday break out on the front porch, feeling a cool breeze from the comfort of your rocking chair, being fully refreshed from a tall glass of peach sweet tea? Bingo.