Farm: Zinash Adugna
Origin: Hafursa Waro, Yirgacheffe
Varieties: Kume, Diga, Wolisho
Process: Washed Process
The Zinash Adugna farm is located near the town of Hafursa Waro, in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. If you follow the politics of coffee in Ethiopia at all, you'll know that seeing coffees from individual farms like Zinash Adugna is something all together new. Until late 2017 when the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) lifted restrictions on single farm microlot export, the closest we could get to full traceability was reserve lots from washing stations. Normally, the farm, named for its owner, Zinash Adugna, would have its production processed at the Hafursa Waro Washing Station, but this year, Zinash was able to process 15,400 kilos of her farm's harvest on raised beds at the farm and export it as a single farm microlot.
The eased restrictions have led to a flood of exciting single farm coffees coming out of Ethiopia, and this is one of our favorites from this year's harvest. Another exciting aspect of being able to work with individual farms is specific delineation of coffee varieties. In the past, most Ethiopian lot offerings were listed as "Heirloom" because lots were pulled from dozens, sometimes hundreds of small farms, and it was impossible to trace exactly what varieties of coffees went into each blend. Now we know exactly what varieties of coffee plants are growing on each individual farm, allowing us to learn more about traits specific to each type of coffee featured.