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Ethiopian Addisu Kidane

Strawberry, peach candy, crème fraîche.

A brilliant example of single producer natural-processed Ethiopian coffee, this offering provides a plethora of delicious fruit notes: strawberry, peach, watermelon, and tangerine, yet remains sweet and balanced in acidity. Notes of crème fraîche and agave nectar mingle for a round body and silky mouthfeel.

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Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe
Worka Cooperative
Addisu Kidane
Natural Process

Meet Addisu Kidane

In 2005, 300 coffee producers in Gedeb, a southern district in the Gedeo zone of the Yirgacheffe region, formed the Worka cooperative. Not long afterwards, the co-op joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization supporting sustainable coffee supply from co-ops in the Gedeo zone. The Worka co-op, along with 26 other cooperatives have a corporate membership of approximately 45,000.

YCFCU may have many members, but that doesn’t mean all coffees are processed together. Producer Addisu Kidane, a member of the Worka co-op, brings his coffee harvest to be processed as a separate lot rather than combining it with other producers. This enables impressive coffees such as his to gain the attention they deserve. Cuppings of individual lots enhances traceability, rewards farmers for quality, and makes excellent coffees available to the specialty coffee world.

Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe , Ethiopia

Coffee’s origin is shrouded in mystery but is thought to have begun in Ethiopia, where heirloom varieties still grow wild beside the road. As the story goes, a drowsy goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats were perkier after nibbling on the coffee trees, and tried the cherry for himself. Caffeine was discovered, and coffee’s epic began.

The coffee-growing culture in Ethiopia is still unique. More than half of the coffee is called garden coffee, because it’s grown in the backyards of producers, along with crops such as beans, bananas, avocadoes, and mangoes. Around 50 million Ethiopians are supported by the coffee industry, and almost 70% of the national export earnings come from coffee.

The Gedeo zone, the homeland of the Gedeo people, lies about 369 km from Addis Ababa and includes Yirgacheffe itself. Gedeo is bordered by Sidama on the north, and encircled on the other three sides by the Oromia region.

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Noble Coffee Roasting

Three-time Good Food Award winner (five-time finalist) Noble Coffee Roasting began, as many successful roasting companies do, in the garage of husband-wife team Jared and Carolyn Rennie, way back in 2007. Named after Jared's grandfather, Noble Duke, within two years Noble Coffee had moved to its current roastery/café location just off 4th street in the quirky, charming town of Ashland Oregon.

"We believe that amazing coffee starts by sourcing the highest quality green coffees from organic farms and cooperatives, continues in the crafting of coffees with great attention upon roasting, and ends in the fine details of brewing. We are fully devoted to this process."


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