Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Oromia Coop-Medium Roast

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Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Oromia Coop

Roast: Light side of Medium

Grower: Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative

Variety: Indigenous wild-type coffees

Region: Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Altitude: 1550-2200 meters above sea level

Soil: Nitisol

Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Certifications: Organic, FairTrade

Tasting Notes: Peach, lavender, orange blossom, sugary

Coffee Background

The Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) is an umbrella organization established in 1999 by 34 individual cooperatives interested in centralizing resources and gaining leverage in the export market As of 2020, OCFCU supports more than 400 individual cooperatives--more than 400,000 households, by far the largest unionization of farmers in the country. Premiums from coffee exports are returned directly to farmers, and the union also funds organic farming programs, mill equipment purchases, and food security programs. OCFCU has established a central cupping lab to support quality control and is a founding shareholder in its members’ bank, the Cooperative Bank of Oromia, that provides pre-harvest financing and crop insurance; both resources historically unavailable to rural farmers in Ethiopia.