Intense lavender florals combine with deep blackberry sweetness and a spiced complexity, similar to Syrah, in this lovely offering from Solomo.
Various Smallholder Farmers
October - January
Syrah, Lavender, Intense
Three hours southeast of Yirgacheffe in the Oromia region, Uraga is a special woreda in the highlands of Southern Ethiopia. Coffee farming has been a central part of life here for many, many years. The biodiversity in Uraga is also well-documented, with abundant forests of Grevillea and Wanza trees and the river Jejeba passing through. It is here where Mitku Alemayehu runs two washing stations and a dry mill.
Since starting his business in 2001, ‘Ato’ Mitku has consistently increased the capacity and quality of the coffee he is producing. By training local farmers he works with how to better cultivate, harvest and pick ripe cherries, Ato Mitku has been able to increase payments to farmers for the higher quality of coffee they are producing.
This lot of Solomo (named after the former town name where these mills are located - which is now called Harowacho), was disk-pulped and fermented for 48-72 hours (depending on weather conditions) before being dried under shade nets for 12-15 days. Through Ato’s experience and his education of local farmers, Solomo displays everything we love about Southern Ethiopian coffees - intense florals, incredible cleanliness and a delicate complexity.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.