ETHIOPIA SHORE OURAGO NATURAL
Variety: heirloom varieties kurume and deega
Tasting Notes: blueberry, peach, amaretto
Another incredible natural process Ethiopian coffee, this time fully traceable to a single farm, via our importer partners at Crop to Cup. Here is what they have to say about this coffee:
Mr. Shore Ourago was introduced to us by way of a network of smallholder farmer exporters in Sidama and Yirgacheffe. Shore's son, Adugna, is the organizer of a smallholder group, having grown up in a strong coffee producing family. In the 1940s Shore’s father (Adugna’s grandfather) was a farmer in the then-sparsely populated Kochere highlands. He began planting coffee after purchasing 10 hectares of land in the neighboring Kebele (neighborhood), Rego. Shore grew up assisting the family business and began his life carrying out the same work as his father. Coffee farming is his one and only life business, says Shore, and he now employs 22 staff during peak harvest. The coffees are hand picked at peak ripeness and sun-dried for roughly 2 weeks on the farm’s raised beds.
Shore manages his farm by using organic manure and intercropping with nitrogen fixing plants and shade trees. While his farm is too small to cover the cost of organic certification, he says he manages his farm organically to best support the coffee tree varieties native to his region. In the community he contributes funds for local school administration and road construction.
The smallholder-exporter context is a difficult one, requiring large enough volumes for a single farmer to export and the knowledge and means to register as an exporter and properly arrange all documentation. Adugna provides this service to both his father (Shore) and several dozen other farmers he supports throughout Sidama and Yirgacheffe.