One of three coffees we’ll be releasing this year sourced thanks to Nordic Approach’s budding relationship with a new exporter: SNAP coffees. This lot from Guji is elegant and squeaky clean thanks to the hard work and investment in infrastructure implemented at the Raro Boda wet mill.
Around 430 farmers deliver their coffee cherries to the Raro Boda washing station, located in Guji Zone’s Uraga woreda. Amidst natural forest and vegetation they are tending to a range of varieties, some of which are improved landrace selections such as Wolisho, Dega & Kurume. There are also pockets of JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Center) identified and released varieties, dubbed 74110 and 74112 after having been initially catalogued in 1974, which are being promoted due to their resistance to coffee berry disease. Each farmer tends to between 2,000 and 4,000 coffee trees.
The Washing Station & Their Approach
Named after the kebele (small town), Raro Boda washing station has recently been refurbished and fitted out with a Penagos depulper and beautiful white tiled fermentation tanks. These innovations and investments allow greater control over the processing of the fruit delivered by smallholders in the kebele. They traditionally process the coffee by depulping and fermenting under water for 48 hours before the parchment coffee is graded, initially in washing channels and then by hand during the time it spends drying in the sun on raised beds.
To ensure uniform drying the layers are spread around 2cm deep and spend 10 days or so on the beds before they are consolidated and samples are sent to the cupping lab.
Snap Coffee was established in 2008 by Negusse Weldyes and are responsible for the running and operation of several coffee washing stations including Raro Boda, Danche & Refisa, all of which will feature in our coffee range this year.
Abenezer Asfaw is in charge of logistics and supply chain mapping, and is the liaison for Tropiq, which is Nordic Approach’s sister company with a team on the ground in Ethiopia year-round. Abenezer and his team oversee the processing facilities, but also take on the task of dispensing agricultural knowledge to their contributing farmers. They are committed to recycling waste byproducts from coffee processing at each of their stations where they have also built schools and provided them with computing equipment from the other arm of their business, which is in electronics.
They intend to improve the roads to streamline access to the washing stations as well as build health clinics to provide access to better healthcare for their contributing farmers as well. Of the three lots we’ve secured this year the Refisa is certified organic, and Snap Coffee are working to have all their coffees certified organic by 2021.
Uraga, Guji Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia
A highly floral and well composed cup. Expect flavours of lychee & guava with heady geranium, rose & lemon oil aromatics, and a light caramel finish.