ETHIOPIA CHAMOLA LALISAA
Tasting Notes: jasmine, peach tea, anise, lemon
This coffee comes from an area Southwest of the town of Shakiso, above the Chamola river. The Chamola Washing Station can process well over 1.5 million kilograms of coffee cherry annually. Cherry for the station comes from 5 farmer groups representing 92 households in the surrounding highlands and represents a total of 341 hectares of small farms.
Lalisaa is a term that is used to describe something that is growing and flourishing and so the Lalisaa program was created to deal with the obstacles that small coffee producers face. When entering into a notoriously volatile market with financial and capacity restraints, farmers can be forced to take actions that turn a profit short term, but hinder coffee quality and its value chain in the long term. To address this problem, the Lalisaa Program forms partnerships with producers, making agreements for the purchase of their coffee at fixed rates above those of national prices set in the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. With flat pricing we can alleviate much of the uncertainty and stress of the volatile coffee market, freeing producers from having to make hasty decisions to sell.