Story / Origin / Processing:
Ethiopia is considered as the cradle of coffee and famous for the fact that it was in the forest in the Kaffa region where Coffee Arabica grew wild. Today, the country shows a typical “smallholder” structure. This means that a high number of farmers with a usually small production yield and an average land plot of 1 hectare carry together their cherries and bring them to central washing stations. Following this typical structure of the country, the Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, founded in 2003, unites 39 Fair trade organizations with a total of approximately 69,000 members spread throughout the mountains and valleys of the Sidamo region in southern Ethiopia. The SCFCU provides professional training to all managers and coffee pulping machine operators to develop their skills in processing high quality coffee. Moreover SCFCU provides scholarships to hundreds of the members’ children and has funded three new school buildings for local primary schools. Base organizations used the Fairtrade Premium to improve the infrastructure in their communities, construct cooperative offices and warehouses, install electricity at processing facilities and fund electricity lines reaching more than 5,000 community members.
Cup Profile: Heavy bodies, good acidity, chocolate, honey, apricot, well balanced.