Ethiopia

Fast Facts on Oromia

  • Altitude: 1750 - 2300 meters
  • Varieties: Ethiopian Heirloom
  • Process: wet fermentation, soak, 14 day raised bed drying
  • Established in 1999
  • Members: 180,000 as of 2011
  • Regions: Located in the Yirgacheffe district in central southern 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.

The Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) is an exporting cooperative with offices in Addis Ababa and affiliated farmer cooperatives located throughout the coffee growing regions of Ethiopia. Oromia was established in 1999 to facilitate the direct exportation of coffee produced by Ethiopia's small farmers and assist in marketing, processing, and credit issues.

Oromia is a well organized umbrella organization responsible for processing, marketing, and commercializing coffee for its  members.   The union is comprised of 101 cooperatives, made up of 74,795 members as of 2006. OCFCU works exclusively in Oromia Regional State, which accounts for 65 percent of the country’s total coffee growing land and includes coffees from Limu,  Yirgacheffe, Nekemte, Jimma, Sidamo, Neqemte/ Ghimbi, and Harrar.  During the harvest of 2004, OCFCU processed 81,596 tons of coffee (30,415 of which is organic).

To support this work, OCFCU maintains 48 pulperies, 15 hulleries, and 63 warehouses in growing communities supported by 25 employees. Of the 101 co-ops, 11 of them are fair trade certified by FLO - representing 8963 farmers and 13,905.8 tons of coffee.

Establishing a direct relationship with the farmers is always an important aspect of Cooperative Coffees' mission. But as one of their first buyers and the first foreign importer to meet the farmers, the impact appears all the more dramatic in Ethiopia.

 

Flavour profiles

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

Please follow the links to purchase Ethiopian coffee :

Harrar - unwashed

Sidama - washed

Sidama - unwashed

Yirgacheffe

 

* photos courtesy of Cooperative coffees - http://www.coopcoffees.com

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