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Ethiopia Yukiro Co-op

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Tasting Notes

I've grown fond of Oromia Ethiopians of late because they are some of the most complex beans that we offer.  This one is no slouch, with a nice green tea and dried stone fruit flavor.  It finishes with a subtle sweetness like a nice clover honey.  This isn't the juiciest coffee, but I wouldn't call it creamy either.  It just has a nice clean mouthfeel.

Coffee Production / Farm:

Yukiro Cooperative was once part of an initiative in Ethiopia focused on working directly at the coop level. Administered by a non-government organization, they helped the cooperative with coordinating agronomists, managers, and with business advisors to helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies the distribution of income to all members. This is a key position; I have never known a coop to get this kind of expert advice from outside ... not in Africa at least. A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper into debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. The ultimate goal of the program is to get the cooperatives they work with to the point of self-sustainability, which Yukiro has now achieved. Because of this work and the resulting transparency of the organization, we can verify that the great price we paid will result in a fair distribution of funds, a better-managed coop, investment in the mill, and even better coffee next year. The farms are in Goma Woreda, with altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. Yukiro currently has 520 members (170 female members), and have improved their beds and warehouse capacity in the last year, as well as installed a new Penagos 2500 coffee pulper.


Roast Level:
City Plus (Medium)
Washed (Wet Process)
Flavor Notes:
Dried Fruits, Green Tea, Clover Honey
Certification: Direct Trade
Yukiro Cooperative
Grade: N/A
Varietal: Heirloom (Arabica)

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