Fast Facts on Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union

  • Altitude: 1700 - 1950 meters
  • Varieties: Ethiopian Arabic Heirloom
  • Process: both wet fermentation, soak, 14 day raised bed drying & unwashed
  • Established in 2001
  • Members: 80,000 
  • Regions: Located in the Sidama Region in southwestern Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and yet the fourth poorest country in the world. Coffee farmers live a very traditional lifestyle, farming fewer than 5 acres and living in stick houses. Electricity, running water and indoor plumbing are rare in rural areas.

Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) was founded in 2001 to represent coffee producing cooperatives located throughout the Sidama Zone of southern Ethiopia both locally and in international markets. Today, SCFCU has grown to represent 46 cooperatives and more than 80,000 small-scale farmer families — making SCFCU the second largest Coffee Farmer Cooperative Union in Ethiopia.

Coffees produced by SCFCU member cooperatives are shade grown in low densities under the canopies of indigenous trees and enset (false banana), a staple food crop for Sidama families. The Sidama region stretches across the rugged mountains of Bensa to the valleys of Dale and Aleta Wendo – which provide a range of quality profiles that exemplify this wealth of production landscapes. Sidama washed coffees show pronounced acidity, fruit flavors varying from red fruits to blueberry and sweet organic to tangy lemon aromas and flavors, medium body and a bitter cocoa finish. Sidama natural process (unwashed) provides a quality profile with candied strawberry or blueberry fruit flavors, low acidity and rich, full body. In Sidama regions of higher altitudes – often called “Yirgacheffe type” coffees – the coffee shows the characteristic and delicate flavors of bergamot and lemon zest.

Coop Coffees began sourcing directly from SCFCU in 2009. Since then, we have had the opportunity to develop direct relationships with several of the SCFCU community based cooperatives over the years, including Shilcho, Homacho Waeno, Talamo, Bona, Abela Galuko and Fero Cooperatives.

Fast Facts on Idido

Altitude: 1,900 - 2,300 meters
Varieties: Kudhume & Wolisho
Process: both wet fermentation, soak, 14 day raised bed drying
Established in 2001
Members: 1,000
Regions: Idido, Aricha and Ela Tenecha, Yirgacheffe regions of Ethiopia

Named for the village located just a few kilometers from the cooperative, Idido was established in the late 1970's and joined the ranks of Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) in 2002. The cooperative has roughly 1,000 active members who cultivate farms averaging 1.5 hectares. There has been somewhat of a privately funded land grab for coffee in this area in recent years, but we're proud to be working with a cooperative of growers that's democratically governed and managed.

The specific origin of this lot has a high concentration of the Kudhume varietal, which is known for its small size and exceptional complexity of flavors. 

Fast Facts on Hama

Altitude: 2000 - 2500 meters
Varieties: Heirloom
Process: dry, natural process
Established in 2007
Members: 1,600
Regions: Kochore district of Ethiopia

The result of the special selection red cherry program within Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Hama Natural represents the most perfectly ripe, pristine coffee cherries as selected by farmers from the Hama sub-coop. The smaller cooperative Hama has been a member of Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union since 2007. Its 1605 farmers grow heirloom varietals on approximately one hectare each, at elevations between 2000-2500 meters.

Click on the links below to purchase our Ethiopian coffee!

Yirgacheffe - Idido
 Fruit and citrus tones with a rich full body and a long velvet aftertaste.

Yirgacheffe Hama Natural
A delicious special lot coffee that is sweet, bright and fruity, with a chocolate finish.

Sidama Oromia - washed
Rich and creamy body with caramel and spice highlights. A clean and balanced cup.

Sidama - unwashed
A unique coffee known for its full creamy body, sweet aftertaste and fruity highlights

* photos courtesy of Cooperative coffees -


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