Ethiopia Agaro Qota Cooperative
Stone fruit flavors like dried, tart apricot, and peach fruit roll ups, with green rooibos and elderflower tea, and citrus zest. Espresso roasts have big fruited sweetness matched by juicy body, and dark cacao bittersweetness. Great Ethiopian Espresso.
Processing: Wet Processed (Washed)
Varietal: Heirloom Varietals
Qota cooperative is one of several coffee cooperatives new to us this past season. It's located in Agaro town, South-Western Ethiopia, not too far from Duromina, who have consistently produced some of our favorite western Ethiopian coffees. Part of the reason we haven't had access to these coffees in the past is that they were under the direction of different coffee Unions. But this year sees them under the management of Keta Muduga Union, who we are buying from for the first time, and who showed us stellar harvest samples from Qota and a few others. The Unions provide agronomical support to the coops, and also have export licenses, which up until this year, has afforded the coops access to the global market without having to go through the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange. Qota sits at nearly 2000 meters above sea level, a convenient delivery site for the surrounding highland farmers. The washing station is equipped with a disc-type depulper, and they are hoping to replace with a newer, water-conserving Penagos machine next harvest. The coffee is depulped and then fermented for a full 36 hours in one of 8 washing channels, then moved to soak in clean water, before being laid to dry on raised drying beds.
Description from Coffee Shrub.
Very good coffee. Great on its own or in your favorite espresso drink.