Ethiopia – Agaro Gera – Kolla Bolcha – Washed
$20.00 – $100.00
Woreda: Agaro Gera
Co-op Union: Kata Muduga
Washing Station: Kolla Bolcha
Altitude: 1900-2200 masl
Variety: Ethiopia Landraces
Kolla Bolcha comes to us from the Agaro region of Western Ethiopia, bringing with it a ripe red fruit character (think cherry and currant), a heavy cola sweetness, and a lustrous, honeyed mouthfeel. , Mechanically depulped on Penagos, and soaked overnight to remove remaining mucilage. Then Pre-dried in the shade for 24 hours before finishing the drying process on raised beds for 8-12 days.
After a decade-long relationship with Agaro and the Kata Muduga cooperative union—dating back even before Red Fox was born—we were excited to welcome Kolla Bolcha, a newer coop neighboring the Biftu Gudina cooperative, 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. Since its inception, Kolla Bolcha has been a Red Fox staple and an excellent representative of everything Agaro has to offer. 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, Kolla Bolcha 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.