ETHIOPIA • AKLILU KASSA
Aklilu Kassa and his son, Biniam Aklilu Kassa, run the Dimtu washing station network. Across 8 locations, they collect crops from nearly 450 producers. This special lot comes from 26 farmers known as the Mancity (or Manciti) Outgrowers, who contribute to the washing station in Tero. The quality is outstanding, which is unsurprising given that the 26 members of Mancity Outgrowers gained organic certification this past harvest. Their approach dovetails perfectly with the larger Dimtu network’s focus on education and sustainability. Under which, farmers receive seedlings, organic fertilizers and indigenous shade trees, as well as help with best pruning and intercropping techniques to prevent erosion and protect the area’s fragile ecosystem.
We brought in two processing options from the Mancity Outgrowers this harvest and this washed lot is is radiant with a sparkling clean profile. Big notes of blackberry and blueberry give way to a delicious and sweet candied citrus flavour. It is like a lime soda or lime rickey, equal parts bright, sweet, and creamy. The finish is opulent with caramelized sugar flavours of maple syrup and toffee.
Blackberry, Lime Rickey & Maple Syrup.
Tero City, Odo Shakiso District, Guji.
26 Mancity Outgrowers.
Crop to Cup.