Ethiopia - Duromina (Washed) - Filter
Ethiopians are a favourite of many coffee lovers, and for good reason. With super distinctive origin flavours like Lemon, blueberry and lavender - good Ethiopians stand out amongst the crowd.
Duromina is one of a few big names in Ethiopian coffees, due to their connection to the Jimma Zone Cooperative, which vastly increased its quality after massive investment from the Gates Foundation. Before the investment, the previously known 'Jimma 5' (5 original farms), were responsible for much poorer quality coffee, and as a result, had a bad reputation for quality. Today, it's a different story, with Duromina being one of a number of coops producing consistently amazing coffee year after year.
Why did we buy this coffee?
On the cupping table, we were blown away by this coffee. It clearly stood out from all the other Ethiopians as a “little bit special”.
With a crazy complexity (that reminded us of Traditional cloudy lemonade) we knew this was going to be a stand out coffee of the year.
What's good about it?
Duromina is another iconic name in Ethiopian coffee alongside Nano Challa. The name is associated with excellently processed coffee and detailed quality control.
The key characteristic about this coffee is its 'green vine / verde' style acidity (think slightly dead fizz from lemonade). It's also super clean and very refreshing.
What's the best way to serve this coffee?
This coffee excels as a pour over (V60, Chemex or Kalita Wave, etc), which will draw out its delicate fruit / floral notes.
You could prepare it in a Cafetiere, Clever Dripper or Aeropress, offering you a slightly less complex full immersion coffee, but we don't think this presents this coffee in the best light.
Enjoy this coffee black!
In 2010, around one hundred local coffee farmers banded together to form Duromina. As the name suggests, their goal was simple: to improve their lives. With technical support, business advice and access to finance through TechnoServe’s Coffee Initiative, the members acquired and installed a wet mill and began processing fully washed coffee for the first time. These improvements helped Duromina produce high-quality coffee and bring new prosperity to the community. Two years later, an international panel of professional judges would select Duromina’s coffee as the best in Africa, awarding the cooperative the top prize in the leading regional cupping competition.