Profile: Grapefruit, Lime, Pineapple, Bergamot
Producer: Various smallholder farmers
Process: Washed - Organic
Region: Agaro, Jimma
Importer: Falcon Specialty
Genji Challa Washing Station sits in the woreda of Agaro, an area in south-western Ethiopia. Genji Challa is the younger sister station of the famous Nano Challa, together forming a cooperative which serves the 600+ members who farm in the surrounding natural forest covered highlands. The success of the coop originates from the boosting of Nano Challa in 2010 by Technoserve Coffee Initiative. Technoserve helped train producer groups, provided technical assistance and built washing stations in the region. This allowed the transition from natural processing to washed processing, helping further improve quality and giving access to higher premiums. Each producer has roughly 3ha of land, with the coffee grown organically by default due to traditional farming methods.
This lot from Genji Chala is classic example of the juicy acidity you can find in washed African coffees. On the aroma, a medley of citrus fruits hit the nose; blood orange, grapefruit, lime and bergamot. These all follow into the cup. The bright and bittersweet nature of grapefruit jumps out first. Vibrant lime and pineapple follow, bringing a juicy acidity which fills the mouth. As the cup cools, sweet peach and apricot balance the cup. The fragrant bergamot is paired with floral jasmine on the finish, lingering on the tongue.
Images Courtesy of Falcon.