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Ethiopia - Duromina - Washed



Ethiopia is widely acknowledged as the legendary birthplace of coffee and is respected in the coffee industry as producing some of the most complex citrus and floral coffee favours from the high grown Cofea Arabica plant. Ethiopia relies heavily on the export of raw coffee whilst having their own domestic market, consumption and coffee ceremony dating back centuries. Dear Green travelled around the highland coffee producing areas of Djimma and Sidamo in 2014 as well as visiting the ECX (Ethiopia Coffee Exchange) auction house is
Addis Ababa, helping us fully understand the infrastructure, governance and logistics of the production. Having a love of this origin, we have always listed the best washed and naturally processed coffee we can find from what is undoubtedly a selection of extremely high quality beans!


Duromina, which means “to improve their lives” in the Afan Oromo language, is a coffee cooperative in southwestern Jimma Zone. Coffee has been grown there for generations but was traditionally processed using the dry, natural method, with farmers paying little attention to quality control. Despite an ideal climate and altitude for coffee growing, the area’s coffee was synonymous with poor quality. Year after year, farmers received low prices for their coffee, earning little income as a result. On paper these farmers had it all; very high altitude, rich
and fertile soils, Ethiopia's incredibly complex heirloom varietals and good rainfall. The missing link was quality control. 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 Techno Serve’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. With the issue of quality control being addressed, the Duromina farmers now produce coffees with scores of 90+ being achieved and an international panel of professional judges selected Duromina’s coffee as the best in Africa, awarding the cooperative the top prize in the leading regional cupping competition.


Lemon Curd, Floral, Sweet Tea