Duromina brews up a honey-sweet coffee, with fruit-floral accents that make it a top Western Ethiopian pick. Tangy aspects of orange and peach skin, notes of apricot tea, marmalade, peach, and a lilac hint.
Region: Goma, Agaro Variety: Heirloom Cultivars Altitude: 1900-2100 masl Processing: Wet Process (Washed) Certification: Farm Gate, Organic/Fair Trade Cert.
We have been involved with Duromina for several years now, selecting our favorite lots from the separations they put together starting early in the season. Duromina was formed with the help of a non-government organization that not only coordinated agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also had a business adviser assigned that helped the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. This is a key position; I have never known a coop to get this kind of expert advice from outside ... not in Africa at least. A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper in debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. Duromina "graduated" from the NGO program a few years bvack and operates independently with the oversight of a farmer-member leadership group. Duromina is in the Goma region of Agaro Woreda, with farm altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. The name, chosen by the farmers, has quite a straight-forward meaning: it roughly translates as "Make More Money!" With the solid price Duromina receives for their coffee, and their success reinvesting in the Goma area, the name has proved quite appropriate.