Ethiopia Kolla Bolcha
Tastes Like: Peach, Honey, Oolong tea
Indroducing, Kolla Bolcha from Ethopia. We are very excited to share this beautiful and sweet Ethiopian coffee with you. It’s from the Agaro region, a region known for their ripe red fruit character, heavy cola sweetness, and a lustrous, honeyed mouthfeel.
Kolla Bolcha is a newer coop neighboring the Biftu Gudina cooperative, they got into the Agaro family just two years ago. Despite Agaro’s well-established excellence and widespread name recognition, the Agaro coffees we know and love today didn’t find their way to market until just ten years ago, after USAID’s Technoserve project vested this region—once known for less-than-stellar Grade 5 sundried naturals—with brand-new processing equipment, allowing their coffee to showcase its unique character and improve the lives of those growing it in the process. Kolla Bolcha represents that investment to the fullest, bringing the heat season after season and month after month.
Thanks to Technoserve’s initial investment and the stellar leadership of Kolla Bolcha and Kata Muduga, Kolla Bolcha’s processing is immaculate, leading to an incredible showcase of the coffee’s natural potential for a ridiculously long-time off harvest. The secret? After Penagos processing equipment mechanically removes most of the fruit and mucilage from the seeds, they soak overnight in fiberglass tanks, allowing any remaining sugars to be fully removed from their surface so that the coffees are perfectly clean by the time they hit the drying beds for the eight-plus days they’ll need to dry.
Kolla Bolcha is an excellent representative of everything Agaro has to offer. Remarkably, this washing station not only starts the season stellar, it actually continues to open up and give even more over time, sometimes peaking in perfection at ten to twelve months off harvest and lasting long after that.
Region: Agaro Gera
Washing Station: Kolla Bolcha
Altitude: 1900- 2200 masl
Variety: Ethiopan heirloom