You probably have seen the coffees from these three cooperatives everywhere already. And for good reason! Nano Challa, Biftu Gudina and Duromina are among the top producers of the most delicious Ethiopian coffees. Strong cooperative management and meticulous post-harvest processes make these coffees some of the most wanted in Ethiopia. From the birthplace of coffee, straight to your cup!

These coffees are part of our #CreateGoodCoffee initiative. In mid-2018 we revealed this initiative as our way of closing the loop back to origin. Our first partner in this initiative is the Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF). From the proceeds of selling our 2018 micro-lot selection out of Ethiopia, we donate 5cts/kg directly to Girls Gotta Run. For more information about this particular project, head to this blog post 

All three cooperatives are part of the Kata Muduga Multipurpose Farmers’ Cooperative Union. Kata Muduga is the umbrella organization supporting some of the biggest and best coffee-producing cooperatives in Ethiopia today. It’s also one of the most farmer-focused Unions. It consistently generates some of the highest prices paid to farmers in the country. The Union’s General Manager, Asnake Nigat, has been part of the story of these coffees from the beginning. Asnake was a business advisor with the Technoserve Coffee Initiative, a development project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Processing

Coffees from surrounding and member farms are brought to the three washing stations. Through hand-sorting and flotation, the unwanted cherries (green, damaged, foreign matter,…) are removed. The cherries are collected in the cherry hopper, which feeds the cherries into the de-pulper. This machine tears off the cherry skin and most of the mucilage with low water usage. Next, the coffee soaks in tanks overnight to break down any remaining mucilage. Finally, the parchment is washed and graded in the washing channel.

Finally, the wet parchment is carried out to the drying field. Initial drying (6 hours) and wet parchment defect sorting take place under shade. It definitely takes more time, but the extra effort pays off in the long run. Final drying (10 days) takes place on raised tables. These Technoserve cooperatives have built a huge quality reputation for itself through their meticulous processing. This returns in the form of high selling prices for their coffee with a prospering coffee community as a result.