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POSSIMOSER FAMILY, BRAZIL

LOCATION: Espiríto Santo

ALTITUDE: 900–950 masl.

VARIETAL: Red & Yellow Catuaí

PROCESS: Pulped Natural

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Red apple, white chocolate, creamy

Aristeu and Argeu have two farms in Espirito Santo, both that have been in coffee production for a long time. When many of their neighbours cut down their coffee trees to move into poultry production, the brothers stayed dedicated to coffee production. Aristeu has been particularly blessed that even in years of drought, the seven wells on his property have never run dry. Both bothers have won awards in local quality competitions and use their own pulpers and covered drying areas to ensure that the coffee is processed well and dried as best as possible.

The farms together produce around 400 bags of coffee per year and are intercropped with banana trees to provide shade and windbreakers for the coffee trees.

Courtesy of Campbell & Syme

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DUROMINA,

ETHIOPIA

LOCATION: Jimma Zone, Oromia

ALTITUDE: 1900-2050 masl.

VARIETAL: Local landrace varieties

PROCESS: Fully Washed

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Peach ice tea & Jasmine

Duromina, which means “to improve their lives” in the Afan Oromo language, is a coffee cooperative in southwestern Jimma Zone. Coffee has grown here for generations but was traditionally processed using the dry, natural method. Farmers paid little attention to quality control. Despite an ideal climate and altitude for coffee growing, the area’s coffee was synonymous with poor quality. Year after year, farmers received low prices for their coffee, earning little income as a result.

On paper these farmers had it all; very high altitude, rich and fertile soils, Ethiopia's incredibly complex heirloom varietals and good rainfall. The missing link was quality control. Now that this has been addressed, the Duromina farmers produce coffees of outstanding quality with scores of 90+ being achieved.

In 2010, around one hundred local coffee farmers banded together to form Duromina. As the name suggests, their goal was simple: to improve their lives. With technical support, business advice and access to finance through TechnoServe’s Coffee Initiative, the members acquired and installed a wet mill and began processing fully washed coffee for the first time. These improvements helped Duromina produce high-quality coffee and bring new prosperity to the community. Two years later, an international panel of professional judges would select Duromina’s coffee as the best in Africa, awarding the cooperative the top prize in the leading regional cupping competition.

Courtesy of Campbell & Syme

In Partnership with Falcon Coffees