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Washed filter coffee from Ethiopia.
Country & region
Ethiopia, Chelbesa
Kurume, Wolisho
2150 masl
A synthesis of sweet, fruit, and floral, Danche is a process of discovery
Danche #01
“I used to dress like a hippie”
Are you searching for a unique and flavourful cup of coffee? Danche #01 takes you back to the days where all you cared about was chasing freedom. High up in the mountains this coffee was high for a long time.

Slow maturation is a catalyst for sweetness. Our second year working with the Danche washing station has proven to us that sweetness lies at the core of an outstanding washed coffee, situated at the bedrock of that flowery-fruit-elegance we all know and love from washed Ethiopians. Starting with a delicate chamomile and lavender floral, the flavour makes a trajectory through candy, plum and peach. Surrounded by semi-forested vegetation, in rich, fertile red soil, the conditions at Danche are ripe to produce an incredibly deep, clean and dynamic flavour profile. For summer a bright refreshing iced coffee, in winter a nuanced filter brew, Danche is that archetypal washed coffee from Ethiopia.

Flavour notes Rose, blackcurrant & cacao nib

⬤ ⬤ ⬤ ⬤ ⬤ ― sweetness
⬤ ⬤ ⬤ ⬤ 〇 ― acidity
⬤ ⬤ 〇 〇 〇 ― body
Image is from Nordic Approach, V-HUB
Image is from Nordic Approach, V-HUB
The region
Exploring Chelbesa, Ethiopia
The Chelbesa region located in the southern part of Ethiopia is one of the most well-known and recognised coffee areas in the world. The region is known for its beautiful scenery, with semi-forested landscapes and lush vegetation. Coffee plantations in the Chelbesa region are grown at high elevations ranging from 1500 to 2000 meters above sea level, providing the perfect conditions for coffee cultivation.

Coffee farmers in the Chelbesa region have been cultivating coffee for generations, using traditional methods that have been passed down through the ages. The coffee beans are mainly grown in natural shade, without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides, making the coffee organic and sustainable. In the Chelbesa region, two types of coffee beans are primarily produced: Dega and Wolisho. The Dega plant produces coffee with a complex flavour profile that has hints of fruit and flowers. On the other hand, the Wolisho plant is resistant to diseases and is highly sought after by coffee farmers in the area.

Once the coffee beans are harvested, they are delivered to the washing station in Danche, where they are processed according to strict quality standards to ensure high quality. The coffee beans are washed, dried, and sorted to remove impurities and ensure a consistent size. This is important in achieving a consistent flavour profile. Overall, the Chelbesa region is one of the most unique coffee areas in the world, and its coffee is known for its complex flavour profile and high quality.
Tropiq/Nordic: On the ground at origin
What you cup is not always what you get. One of the reasons we have so much love for our partners at Nordic Approach is the work they put into building relationships and achieving full transparency at ground level. The coffees they purchase highlight the paradigm of this working model. There is so much great coffee in this part of the world, but to discover it and keep the quality high takes a lot of work. Tropiq, Nordic’s sister company, utilises its staff on the ground in Addis Ababa. Their job is to find and pre-book most of their coffees from the beginning of each harvest. Once they have tasted hundreds of samples, they are left with a selection of Grade 1 rated coffees. All of this leads to one outcome. Quality, uniformity, and transparency.

“Transparency is not a beauty contest or a competition between the players in the already well-established speciality industry. It is a guideline. It should help us understand the difference between specialty and commercial pricing. It should demonstrate if the producer of a coffee you buy was paid above the minimum commercial price within their market. There are many examples where commercial coffees are bought at unsustainably low prices and sold and marketed as speciality coffee. This creates a lot of confusion, both within the industry and among consumers. Even if you have the best of intentions, it can be hard to know if you’re doing the right thing.”

“You can rest assured that if you buy coffee from Nordic Approach, we are doing everything we can to ensure the farmers get paid well above the commercial price”.
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