Nano Challa - Ethiopia - Washed - Espresso
Bright and citrusy, this coffee displays the terroir from the Guji region superbly.
Candied lemon, pineapple & butterscotch
While most of the Nano Challa farmers have 2 to 3 hectares of land, a few have smaller plots, and some have larger ones. The land – being close to the cradle of coffee – is perfect for growing coffee trees, with most plots at altitudes between 1850 to 2100 metres above sea level. Before the Nano Challa cooperative came to be, farmers sold natural sundried coffee individually to traders. But they did not make much from their coffee. By investing in a new washing station the farmers have increased their cupping score and get paid far more.
Nano Challa is the name of the washing station which is situated between approximately 600 outgrowers.
This coffee is grown in Limu, Ethiopia.
This particular lot cups at 89 points.
These high altitudes of between 1850 - 2100m encourage sweetness in the profile.
Ethiopian mixed heirloom is present throughout the area.
This is a classical washed process which Nano Challa is known for.
Change for the better
"TechnoServe, a non-profit that helped the farmers of the area come together and formed a cooperative."
Previously the farmers would produce low grade natural coffee and receive very little for their product. The organisation advised the smallholders to set up a washing station and sell washed coffee. People were sceptical in investing in a washing station. It would cost 400,000 Ethiopian birr for the cooperative to set up their first wet mill. At the time (2010), that was an astronomical sum for the farmers. They would have to take a loan, put themselves in debt, and hope everything would work out. They decided to take the risk. Sixty farmers grew coffee that met the higher standards of the cooperative’s new mill. They started with that, and in the first year paid back the loan and even made a profit. Almost a decade later, in 2019, things could not be more different. The scepticism is gone and there are now over 600 farmers in the Nano Challa cooperative spread over five Limu kebeles – Gure Dako, Gara Naso, Chira, Gendi Challa, and Kecho Anderaso.
"Ethiopia had a tough harvest this year due to the lack of water in certain regions."
The Nano Challa washing station luckily had plenty of rainfall allowing them to process this lot excellently. This year we cupped plenty of Ethiopian coffees and this was the clear standout.