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Founded in 1975, the Konga Cooperative has grown to include more than 1,622 producing members in Ethiopia’s famous Yirgacheffe region. When the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange was established in 2008, it required all co-ops to be members of a “union” or a collection of co-ops. Being part of a union allows producers to bypass the ECX and sell their coffee directly to importers and roasters, allowing for greater transparency, smaller lots and even enabling Fair Trade and Organic certification. The Konga co-op is a member of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmer’s Cooperative Union (YCFCU) which includes 24 separate cooperatives and over 50,000 farmers.
After visiting small mills from the YCFCU union in Gedeo in March of 2013, coffee buyer Dan Streetman was determined to find one of these beautiful coffees for us to offer at Irving Farm. This small, washed lot from Konga stood out right away when we tasted it. We just couldn’t pass up such an exceptional example of the classic Yirgacheffe profile: a clean, sweet, citrus acidity, and beautiful floral aromatics of jasmine and bergamot all wrapped in a silky body.
NOTES FROM OUR CUPPING LAB:
Every Tuesday we gather the team at the Irving Farm Loft in Manhattan to cup our new arrivals. Konga elicited the following descriptors—
Toasted Graham, Black Cherry, Bubble Yum, Sweet Tea, Coffee Flower, Peach Os
Add your own impressions below...
Previously, we had been wowed by the Rainforest Blend, which we still love... This coffee is our current fave... I don't get the description on the Konga page on the site, "sweet, lemon, jasmine"... For my palate, it's earthy, with caramel, chocolate notes. Very, very sensuous, smooth... Think: Running you cheek with the grain of a mink coat. Ahhhhh!
Available for limited times in small quantities, our carefully curated micro-lots are single origin coffees at their purest. Not only are the beans sourced from one farm, they're sourced from one micro-lot of land on that farm, ensuring a highly consistent flavor and experience. This is a wonderful way to sample the true, amazing potential of coffee. We've selected these lots despite their small quantity because we see something in them that's truly special--and we think you will, too.
True to their name, single origin coffees consist of beans sourced from a farm or community in one, specific region. Seasonal selections from around the world, our line of single origin coffees focuses on the highest quality product from coffee producers who take their work as seriously as we do.
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