Currant, Jasmine, Cola
Location: Agaro, Ethiopia
Processing: Fully Washed
We're so excited to present a coffee from Western Ethiopia. Agaro to be exact. An area which boasts famous co-ops such as Yukro, Duromina, and Biftu Gudina. A short walk over the hill from Biftu Gudina lies KOLLA BOLCHA whose altitudes soar into the forests. Those of you who’ve tasted Biftu enough times are aware of the quality potential of the newly formed KOLLA BOLCHA co-op.
Building on the wider history of Agaro, where an investment by USAID’s Technoserve project helped bring brand-new processing equipment to this previously underserved and undifferentiated region, Kolla Bolcha’s immaculate processing leads to an incredible showcase of the coffee’s natural potential for a ridiculously long time off harvest. The secret? After removal of most of the fruit and mucilage from the seeds, they soak overnight in fiberglass tanks, allowing any remaining sugars to be fully removed from their surface so that the coffees are perfectly clean by the time they hit the drying beds for the eight-plus days they’ll need to dry.
With a ripe red fruit character (think cherry and currant), a heavy cola sweetness, and a lustrous, honeyed mouthfeel, Kolla Bolcha brings the heat on, any brew method. We put it in the espresso section but with all that Jasmine this coffee is a total all rounder.