With the success of Nano Challa, historically one of the most coveted cooperatives in Western Ethiopia, and with a growing membership they were able to offer incredible production and processing which grew their capacity as far as it could go. These cooperatives are crucial for farmers in Ethiopia because it provides them access to high quality processing, resulting in better prices for their coffee. But, in order to cope with this high demand while continuing to offer high quality processing to producers in the area, last year they opened a new sister mill, Nano Genji.
The new Nano Genji washing station opened last year just a few miles away from Nano Challa, and featured brand new processing and drying equipment. Now with 630 members between the two locations they’re continuing to grow and succeed. We can’t wait to see what other amazing coffees they will produce.
Jimma, the larger region around Agaro, had previously been considered for the production of commodity grade coffee, but once roasters began to discover Nano Challa, with their high quality processing and unique flavour profile, the area soon became synonymous with quality.
This lot of coffee has undergone a full washed processing. Meaning that the cherries are first picked then sorted so that only ripe cherries are used, before being pulped (meaning the skin and mucilage of the fruit are removed). The coffee is then soaked for up to 20 hours to get rid of any remaining mucilage before the beans are moved to outdoor drying beds to dry under the sun.
This coffee is one of the first to be produced by the new washing station and we are very excited to be sharing it with you!