We source coffee from two primary-level cooperatives in Ethiopia: Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) and Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU), both located in southern Ethiopia.
YCFCU, founded in 2002, represents 23 member cooperatives and more than 300,000 families. In this region, 62,004 hectares are dedicated to coffee alone. Grown alongside bananas and maize, forest canopy, organic fertilizers and a temperate climate produce a very high quality bean.
We started sourcing from YCFCU in 2013 and have established direct relationships with some of the cooperatives including Idido, in the district of Yirgacheffe, and Hama, in Kochere. Both organizations consistently deliver some of the best quality coffee in the region. YCFCU is proactive in terms of promoting quality, paying premiums to farmers based on coffee grade. YCFCU now has its own processing facility in Addis Ababa.
SCFCU was founded in 2001 and represents 51 cooperatives and more than 76,000 small-scale farmer families.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. In Sidama regions of higher altitudes – often called “Yirgacheffe type” coffees – the coffee shows the characteristic and delicate flavors of bergamot and lemon zest. Sidamo natural (dry) process provides a quality profile with candied strawberry or blueberry fruit flavors, low acidity and rich, full body.
We 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.