Preparation: Natural processed and sun-dried on raised beds
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT: From ancient times, Ethiopia has produced some of the world’s best single origin coffees, renowned for their complexity with a pungent, winey quality, and a wildness in their acidity. Southern Ethiopia is home to the Yirgacheffe coffees, one of the most distinguished among Ethiopian varieties. A fine Ethiopian Yirgacheffee coffee displays a bright acidity along with intense, clean tastes and a complexity of floral notes in the aroma, sometimes with a hint of toasted coconut.
Most cooperatives in the Yirgacheffe region belong to the YCFCU (Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union). This lot displays the hard work and dedication of one particular coop within that organization, the WORKA Cooperative.
The WORKA Cooperative was established in 2005 and joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) the same year. There are 305 member farmers who cultivate coffee on 762 hectares in the WORKA cooperative, which is located in Gedeb within the Gedeo Zone. YCFCU currently has 24 member coops, and each primary cooperative elects their own governing committee and professional farm managers. The governing committees make decisions about investing in new equipment purchases, scheduling tree maintenance, and how to structure payments to the cooperative members. The professional managers for each primary cooperative oversee the harvest and processing procedures and are accountable to the coop’s members and other committees. The WORKA cooperative is very proud of this natural processed Yirgacheffe coffee that exhibits wonderful floral, cherry, and berry characteristics.
Wetye Jilo (pictured below, left) says, “I used to sell my coffee to a private buyer who always gave me a small price of 35 birr per 100 kilos of coffee. Thanks to the union, I now get 3 times more from the same amount of coffee. I have expanded dramatically and now grow my coffee on a whole hectare of land. My seven children are now counted among the educated, not to mention the extra income I get from the sheep and chicken I now raise, all because of the YCFCU.”
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