APRICOT + RED MELON | WHITE CURRANT + RASPBERRY GELATO
Our perennial returning favorite, from the famed Agaro zone, is back, Ethiopia Yukro is here again to satisfy with its floral wonders and ever changing fruity landscape. This year is all about a fruity vibe of ripe vs. tart. Ripe flavors of apricot and red melon battle tart flavors of white currant and raspberry gelato. Florals are rose-like and hint at honeysuckle. It's sure to brighten your morning and is very hard to beat as a staple of Summer 2020.
ORIGIN: Agaro, Yukro, Ethiopia
UNION: Kata Muduga
VARIETY: Ethiopia Landraces
ALTITUDE: 2000 masl
PROCESS: Washed, Mechanically depulped & soaked overnight
TASTING NOTES: Apricot and red melon, white currant and raspberry gelato
ROAST TYPE: Light
Yukro comes to us from the Agaro region of Western Ethiopia, bringing with
it a juicy and refreshing tartness like currants, both red and black. While the original Yukro Multipurpose Cooperative was established in 1977, the Yukro we know and love today didn’t find its 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. Yukro operates under the leadership of the Kata Muduga cooperative union, whose continued investment in the coops that it leads makes possible some of the most delicious and coveted coffees in the world.
Thanks to Technoserve’s initial investment and the stellar leadership of Yukro and Kata
Muduga, Yukro’s processing is immaculate, leading to an incredible showcase of the coffee’s natural potential year after year 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. Yukro has the good habit of managing the initial 24-48 hours of this stage under a shaded canopy to protect the soaking-wet parchment from direct sunlight, preventing parchment cracking and thereby protecting the beans once they do move into the sun.
Yukro has always been a Red Fox staple; even before we opened in 2014, Yukro and the larger Agaro region were core projects for Red Fox founding members, dating back a decade. To this day, our long and substantial relationship with with Asnake and Efrem, Kata Muduga’s leaders, affords Red Fox first right to lot selection. On top of that, with mighty effort from our strategic trade partners in Addis, we’re also able ship these lots first so that they enter the country pristine as when they left and with even more time to shine. Remarkably, Yukro 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.