Ethiopia Nano Challa
Roast Level: Light Roast
Flavor Notes: Peach rings, jasmine, cookie dough
Ethiopia Nano Challa is a new coffee for us! Don't get it confused with our Roaster of the Year winning coffee, Ethiopia Gera Genji Challa, but this coffee has many similar characteristics and comes from the same Gera town in Western Ethiopia. We were astounded by the complexity in the cup and the bright, juicy peach notes coming through. Jasmine was second to none and who doesn't love cookie dough, whether it's off the mixing spoon in grandma's kitchen or your coffee.
Nano Challa is one of the most famous mills in all of Western Ethiopia, producing some of the most dynamic and delicate micro-lots each season. Many of the farmers who contribute to Nano Challa are second or third-generation farmers in the area – the children of hardworking farming pioneers. Their parents and grandparents came here from more arid areas of the country years ago when the land around Genji Challa was still covered in untouched forest. The super high growing altitudes and exacting practices at the mill have brought consistently high quality coffee to buyers of this lot year over year.
From the Importer, Coffee Shrub:
The name "Nano Challa" refers to a local mythic tale about a challenge to become King of Jimma, and the coop adopted it to signify their desire to be a strong cooperative. Indeed, many coops in the West of Ethiopia have struggled to find good buyers who will pay enough for the coffee, to manage their own debts, and from internal struggles and graft. Nano Challa was formed as part of an initiative to aid farmers in a more comprehensive way, starting cooperatives that could be governed by the farmers, rather than selling their coffee to privately run mills, and 'middle men'. The program was administered by a non-government organization that not only coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also has a business adviser assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. They've since graduated from this program, and are now part of an independent, local Union called Kata Muduga, who assist the cooperatives with functions like marketing, exporting, and general representation on an international scale. Nano Challa is a smaller cooperative coffee mill near Gera town in the Jimma region, Western Ethiopia. (The area also has some of the finest honey available in Ethiopia). This is from a collection site 2km from the original Nano Challa station called "Genji Challa". Being so close, they extend their farmer reach some, but also buy from many of the same coop members (deliveries can be made to either). The farms are at altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters, planted in old regional varieties of coffee.