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. Of the 2 lots we brought in this harvest, this natural offering dries with fruit intact on raised beds for just under two weeks.
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 with the natural option in Magnolia and the washed version here on filter. As a washed Guji, the cup is radiant with a sparkling clean profile. Big notes of blackberry and blueberry give way to a delicious and sweet candied lime flavour. It is like a lime soda or lime rickey, equal parts bright, sweet, and creamy. The finish is opulent with carmalized sugar flavours of maple syrup and toffee.
Blackberry, Lime Rickey & Maple Syrup.
Tero City, Odo Shakiso District, Guji.
26 Mancity Outgrowers.
Crop to Cup.