1000 Faces says: "Do you ever daydream of taking a midday break out on the front porch, feeling a cool breeze from the comfort of your rocking chair, being fully refreshed from a tall glass of peach sweet tea? Bingo."
Duromina is vibrant, juicy, bright, and fresh with a distinct fresh peach flavor, followed by nectarine, plum, mango, lemon, jasmine, shortbread, honey, vanilla, black tea. Its fruit forward acidity steals the show here. Almost sparkling, it coats the mouth. Complexity abounds with delicate floral notes, ample sweetness, and a silky mouthfeel. Duromina's unique process is washed with local river and spring water, fermented for 10 to 12 hours, and set out to dry for 9 to 11 days on an array of 300 raised beds.
- Roast: light
- Acidity: sparkling, stone fruit acidity
- Body: silky, tea-like
- Taste Notes: peach, honey, black tea
- Process: washed
- Varietal: Regional Landraces
- Origin: Duromina Cooperative ~ 325 small shareholders, Agaro Region, Goma Woreda, Jimma Zone, Ethiopia
- Altitude: 1,900 to 2,100 masl
From the head roaster of 1000 Faces Coffee:
Established in 2010, Duromina was the first cooperative of it’s kind in the Jimma Zone of south western Ethiopia, and it paved the way for clean washed processed coffee in this region. Despite absolutely ideal growing conditions, the area was traditional only known for poor quality natural processed coffee. All of the pieces for extremely high quality coffee were in place - high altitude, beautiful heirloom cultivars, ample rainfall, fertile soil - but the missing link to hold everything together was a focused quality control operation. Tired of receiving low prices for their coffee, an initial group of 100 small farmers joined forces to form the cooperative.
Duromina means ‘to improve their lives’ in the Afan Oromo language, and these farmers came together to do just that. With the help of TechnoServe’s Coffee Initiative, which offered technical support, business advice, and access to financing, Duromina was able to build a wet mill and start fully processing washed coffees for the first time. Just one year later they were able to pay off the initial loan in full and keep pushing forward with improvements - most notably, working with the government to fund a road project and building a bridge over a nearby river to connect to the nearest village. Flooding was previously a major issue during the rainy season and made this trip into town totally inaccessible. Duromina continues to thrive today - the cooperative has grown to over 300 members, and their coffee has been bought in sold by specialty coffee roasters across the globe.