The second of three coffees we’ll be releasing this year thanks to Nordic Approach’s budding relationship with a new exporter: SNAP Coffees. This lot from Nensebo is soft, silky and packed with juicy stone fruit characteristics.
Nensebo is situated within Ethiopia’s Harenna Forest in the Bale Mountains National Park. It is amidst this natural forest and vegetation that the contributing smallholder farmers are tending to a range of coffee varieties, some of which are improved landrace selections such as Wolisho & 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, with an average yield of 3kg coffee cherries per tree.
The Washing Station & Their Approach
Semeneh Alemu is the manager at Refisa washing station, whose expertise and guidance enables the workers to preserve and secure the quality of the coffee cherries being brought to the station through proper processing and drying protocols.
After depulping with a traditional Agaarde Disc-Pulper they ferment under water for 72 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 before they are consolidated and samples are sent to the cupping lab.
SNAP Coffees 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 by-products 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. Of the three lots we've secured this year, this one from Refisa is certified organic and SNAP Coffees are working to have all their coffees certified organic by 2021.
Nensebo, West Arsi, Oromia, Ethiopia
Lemon curd & lychee aromatics lead to a soft, sweet cup, packed with flavours of peach tea & pomelo. Hints of cherry & star anise linger in the finish.