Kolla Bolcha - Ethiopia

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About Kolla Bolcha

In Western Ethiopia’s Jimma Zone is the Agaro Gera region, where the Kata Muduga cooperative union operates. Kolla Bolcha is a newer group of growers to this union. Thanks to a USAID project in the region that provided brand new processing equipment, the coffees of this area have greatly improved, along with the lives of those growing it. 

Kolla Bolcha is a great example of this investment, bringing out the beauty of this region’s coffees with immaculate processing. After the fruit and mucilage is removed from the seed (future coffee bean!), they soak in fiberglass tanks overnight so that all remaining sugars are fully removed and it’s a pristine little bean. Then, they are loaded onto raised drying beds for about 8 days.

This careful processing makes this coffee a bit of diamond in the rough, particularly because it ages so well. Many months after harvest, it continues to open up, showing even more nuanced flavors.

 We know it’s been a minute since we had an Ethiopian coffee, but we wanted to find something worth the wait. The hard work of the Kata Muduga union of growers brings us a sweet and lustrous offering that we’re so proud to be able to share.

REGION: Agaro Gera, Jimma, Ethiopia
FARM/MILL: Kolla Bolcha
VARIETAL: Ethiopia Landrace
ALTITUDE: 1,900 - 2,200 meters 
PRODUCER: Kata Muduga Union
PROCESS: Washed, Dried on Raised Beds 

Sourced through our partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants.


Tastes like

Jasmine, Key Lime, Date Syrup

Brewing Recommendation

While we strive to roast our coffees to be enjoyable using any brewing method, try Kolla Bolcha on Chemex. 

Chemex Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 25g coffee and 400g water]

Frequently asked questions

We ship almost all orders same or next day, Monday-Friday. We ship via USPS and typically orders take 2-5 days arrive. (But, as you may know, once we drop your package off, shipping times are out of our control.)

The coffee is usually roasted within one business day (Monday-Friday) of shipment. We recommend waiting at least 3-4 days after the roasting date before brewing. (And we think the sweet spot is around 2 weeks!)

All our coffees will be somewhere in the vicinity of a light to medium roast.

The way we approach roasting coffees is called 'profile roasting' meaning that we create a unique roasting profile for each coffee based on the characteristics of each bean (density, size, moisture level within the bean, etc) and how it reacts while roasting so that we can get what we believe to be the best expression possible for each of our coffees!

Lucky for you, any of our coffees can be brewed as espresso!

We aim to roast our coffee so that it tastes great in a variety of brew methods. (Fun fact: espresso is a brew method, not a type of coffee bean!)

If one of our offerings sounds good to you, we bet you’ll like it on espresso too! But, we always like to suggest Tres Banderas as a starting point for espresso. 

No, most of our coffees aren’t ‘certified’ organic. But!! That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not grown using organic processes. For many of the farms/mills that we purchase coffee from, the cost of the certification could put them out of business — new and separate equipment, cost of application process, the time spent going through certification (multiple years), etc. You can read more on the topic in our blog post here.

We are not officially fair trade certified and typically do not purchase Fair Trade certified coffees. We believe the system is a good one, and has helped many farmers and families earn a better living, however, one thing it does not address well is quality of product, and we typically pay much higher prices for higher quality.

Fair trade usually offers farmers a small premium (about $.40) on top of whatever the current market price for coffee is. We either work directly with producers or importers that already pay well above Fair Trade prices for high quality coffees. We pay top prices for great coffees regardless of any certification. Please feel free toreach out to us if you have any other questions regarding our buying practices.

Your enthusiastic satisfaction with your order is our top priority! If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us to discuss available options.

You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date the order was placed. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it in and must be in the original packaging.

Please note that we cannot accept returns on coffee because it is a perishable item. If we made an error in fulfilling your coffee order, we will, of course, make it right! Just contact us and we’ll get everything sorted.

Visit our full FAQ page or send us a note at hello@crema-coffee.com.