This remarkable coffee carries the distinctive blueberry flavor that is the unique hallmark of Ethiopian natural coffee. About 700 family farmers contribute the coffee that they grow in the small community of Dumerso, in Ethiopia’s renowned Yirgacheffe coffee region.
For this natural-process coffee, local community members work collaboratively to sort and dry the ripe coffee cherries on raised beds that allow air to circulate. The coffee dries complete with pulp and peel, for 15 days, preserving all of the fruit’s intense flavors. You’ll be amazed at the flavors that shine through! For comparison, you can learn about and try Dumerso’s washed-process coffee here.
This complex operation is managed by one of the most inspiring women leaders in specialty coffee, Hirut (aka Beti) Birhanu. (You can see her in the photo of the three women at the drying bed - she's on the right.) During the harvest season, the Dumerso coffee operation provides employment for nearly 400 people from the local community, including many women.
Region: Yirgacheffe, Gedeo zone
Farmer: Hirut Birhanu
We Taste: Blueberry, Lemonade, Cantaloupe
Roast Level: Light (Agtron: 76)