We are excited to welcome the return of Yukro to our menu! We first fell in love with Yukro in 2012, shortly after they forever altered the perception of quality and flavor from Western Ethiopia. Yukro Cooperative is located in the Jimma region, just around the corner from our friends at Nano Challa. Until last decade this area mainly produced low-grade, dry-processed coffees. In 2010, Yukro was amongst the first cooperatives in the area to install a washing station and begin preparing washed coffee. With a little support and training, it was as if a brand new region was birthed, presenting dynamic, sparkling flavor and complexity unique to the rest of the world.
Yukro, named after the village the coffee is produced in, is a cooperative comprised of about 400 members. The community of members operate both as shareholders and farmers who deliver wild heirloom variety coffee from small plots of land surrounding the washing station. At the washing station, the coffee is pulped and washed using a Penagos, a machine most commonly seen in Latin America and well known for using minimal water to process coffee. Following the wash, the coffee is then soaked before being sun-dried on raised beds where members constantly move and sort through the coffee during the drying process.
Yukro is a coffee that comes out of a common sense of oneness within the community. Everyone pitches in and shares responsibility with the common goal of creating something special. We’ve been buying this coffee since the 2012 harvest. A 2014 Good Food Award Winner, Yukro offers an elegant, beautifully complex dance between wildflower honey and mulling spice.