Grade: Grade 2
Co-Op: Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative
Flo ID: 897
Process: Washed and sun dried
Altitude: 1400-2100 meters above sea level
Aroma: Honey, Toffee, Nutty and Chocolate
Acidity: Good and bright in the cup
Body: Good, syrupy
Tasting notes: Red berries, slight notes of lemon, orange flower, light spicy and chocolatey
Cup: A well balanced cup, medium acidity and body with distinct winy flavor
Certification: Fairtrade, UTZ Organic
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) is a small farmers owned cooperative union. OCFCU was established in June 1, 1999 OCFCU works exclusively in Oromia Regional State, which accounts for more than 65 % of the country’s total coffee growing land. OCFCU is a democratic member’s owned business operating under the principles of International Cooperative Alliance and fair trade. Members of Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union are the growers, processors and suppliers of high quality, organic Arabica coffee for the direct export.
OCFCU exports traceable, fair trade, organic, UTZ, and Rain Forest Alliance certified coffees. The fair trade premium and support from roasters are invested in social projects like schools, health posts, clean water, bridges etc. By the fair trade premiums and support from different roasters above 365 different projects has been completed and provided to the farmers.
OCFCU pays 70% of its net profit back to the cooperatives and the cooperatives also pay 70% of their profit to the member farmers. This shows that farmers are benefited by being paid three times in one coffee season. This has enabled OCFCU to grow from 34 primary cooperatives representing 22,691 household farmers to 360 primary cooperatives representing 332,393 household farmers and 90,000 USD initial capital to 20,763,000 USD capital. The life of farmers has improved and has also got social service in their village.
OCFCU now have a cupping lab for quality control located at its office and have massive central facility for technical, financial, administrative and also high tech processing facility namely elan, Dire Dawa and Kality with capacity of 5-7 tons per hour, 3-4 tons per hour, 11 tons per hour respectivly. The processing facility has created jobs for more than 2,000 Seasonal employees.
OCFCU have recently created its own members bank which is one of the greatest benefits to its own members for the much needed pre-harvest financing. They also provide their farmers with insurance options to cover coffee against loss.