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You may have heard that Ethiopia produces more coffee than any other African nation, but did you know that they consume roughly half of it?  Now, that is coffee culture! The Sidama region is in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), which borders Kenya and South Sudan. The SNNPR produces almost half of the coffee in Ethiopia, around 100,300 tons.

Our fair trade organic Sidama Nura Korate is wet-processed (also called washed.)  This process takes the coffee fruit, or cherry, as it is called, removes the fruity pulp right down to the precious little heart, the bean, and then soaks the beans in water. Soaking times vary anywhere from twelve to seventy-two hours and that is part of a processor’s “secret sauce” because as they soak, the beans ferment.  Fermentation has a strong influence on flavor.  The washed process results in a flavor, or “cup” in the language of coffee insiders, that is bright and clean.  Ethiopian coffees have a reputation for developing excellent flavor with washed processing.  This Sidama Nura Korate is no exception to that rule.  It is exceptional, though, even among washed coffees. It balances the cocoa flavors often found in Ethiopian coffees with less common delicate floral and citrus flavors and fragrance.  It is a beautiful coffee to wake up next to every day.

We also want you to know that buying this coffee supports good working and living conditions for the people who bring you this fine product.  

This lot comes from the Nura Korate Cooperative, which is under the umbrella of the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU). The SCFCU is a Cooperative Union that supports the participating cooperatives in the Sidama region through education programs, exportation assistance, buyer/producer connections, and infrastructure. It is certified as organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning this coffee was purchased from small-holding farmers at a price all parties considered “fair” and economically sustainable through negotiation and by rules of economic parity. This coffee was grown and harvested through the Nura Korate Cooperative and processed through the Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, one of the largest Fair Trade cooperatives in Ethiopia.

The Union was formed by members from 35 different Ethiopian cooperatives who joined forces with a common goal of exporting their coffee directly to specialty markets. The Cooperative Union has been Fair Trade Certified since 2003. Negotiating fair trade pricing and exporting their high-quality coffee directly to the international market has afforded numerous social and production improvements. They have developed and supported organic production, hosted workshops on composting and natural fertilizers, made equipment purchases and repairs, and decreased their own reliance on imported foods. The union has given scholarships to hundreds of members' children and has funded three new elementary school buildings. They've built roads in the communities, constructed warehouses, and installed electricity.  

The Sidama region is in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), which borders Kenya and South Sudan. The SNNPR produces almost half of the coffee in Ethiopia, about 100,300 tons.

Origin: Ethiopia
Region: Dara District, Sidamo
Farm: 1,800+ members of Nura Korate Cooperative 
Elevation: 1800- 1900 meters
Varietal: Heirloom  
Process: Washed, sun-dried on raised beds
Cup: Cocoa nibs, jasmine, molasses, sweet lemon
Roast: Light
Body: Smooth
Acidity: Bright, lively

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