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Duwancho, Lot 22/02 (Ethiopia)

250 gr

Terroir Best Lot

Cup Notes
Orange / Pineapple / Lime / Peach 

Suggested for espresso and filter


when we roast

We freshly roast to order all coffees on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding national holidays), and ship the same day! Cut-off time is 11:59pm (UTC+1) of the day before the roast day. *We only ship whole beans*

Technical details

Quality Score
Terroir Best Lot
Several Small Farmers
2100-2200 masl
Classic Natural
Arabica cultivar
Ethiopia Heirlooms
Picked in
Dec 2021 - Jan 2022
Arrived in
July 2022
Shipped in
GrainPro bags
Roast profile by
Rubens Gardelli
Roasted on
Customised roaster


You enjoyed Duwancho very much last year, and here's the fresh new crop! 

This micro-lot is from the Keramo area. It has been called Duwancho because of its incredibly fruity cup profile: Duwancho is a name of a fruit widespread in the same zone.
The coffee is sourced from 279 farmers from the Keramo village area who are members of the Daye Bensa cooperative.
The lot is processed as a natural to further enhance the fruity flavours that the coffee naturally possesses. Daye Bensa micro-lots are produced on a limited scale, which ensures the maximum focus on the quality of the beans. At Daye Bensa utmost attention is paid to the traceability of the micro-lots.
Daye Bensa is a business with strong focus on ensuring quality and capacity-building: it provides bonus payment to the farmers based on the volume they contribute to the micro-lots; the consistency of the bean quality throughout years is also rewarded. The cooperative is also actively collaborating with the village schools to give back to its community.

Duwancho, Lot 22/02 (Ethiopia) - story


Ethiopian Heirloom, why the generic name? It's estimated that there are somewhere in-between six and ten thousand coffee varietals in Ethiopia. And due to this colossal figure, there hasn’t been the genetic testing to allow buyers to distinguish the varietal. With the cross pollination that naturally happens in the wild, the name ‘Ethiopian Heirloom’ exists as a catch-all phrase to describe this happenstance. However, that really makes Ethiopian quite a mystery – and an interesting mystery as each village or town could potentially have a different varietal which could carry very unique properties.

Duwancho, Lot 22/02 (Ethiopia) - variety


Dry process seems simple: pick the fruit, lay it out in the sun until it turns from red to brown to near-black, and then hull off the thick, dried outer layer in one step to reveal the green bean. It is a method suited to arid regions, where the sun and heat can dry the seed inside the intact fruit skin.

It's often referred to as "natural coffee" because of its simplicity, and because the fruit remains intact and undisturbed, a bit like drying grapes into raisins. Since it requires minimal investment, the dry process method is a default to create cheap commodity-grade coffee in areas that have the right climate capable of drying the fruit and seed.

But it’s a fail in humid or wet regions. If the drying isn't progressing fast enough, the fruit degrades, rots or gets covered with mould.

Dry-processed coffees can also be wildly inconsistent. If you want a cleanly-fruited, sweet, intense cup, dry process (DP) takes more hand labor than wet process. Even the most careful pickers will take green unripe or semi-ripe coffee off the branch as they pick red, ripe cherry. If these are not removed in the first days of drying, the green turns to brown that is hard to distinguish from the ripe fruit. 

This lot was sorted by floating and picking out the ripe cherries. It was then dried on African beds for 13-15 days with utmost care: one person is responsible for one bed, and the cherries are rotated every 15 minutes to ensure uniformity of drying.

Duwancho, Lot 22/02 (Ethiopia) - fermentation