Roaster Tasting Notes:
Floral fragrance, fruity, sweet, complex, mixed sweet berries, full body, light acidity, milk chocolate finish.
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union is the largest Fair Trade coffee producer in Ethiopia. Oromia was founded in 1999 when members of 35 small Ethiopian cooperatives came together with the goal of exporting their coffee directly to the specialty market. Oromia’s Highland Coffee is grown by indigenous farmers of the southwestern rainforest of Ethiopia. Cooperative members use revenue from Fair Trade for the following initiatives: Members have purchased two washing stations, and Oromia has developed a fund for the repair of de-pulping machines to safeguard the organization’s capacity to produce high quality, washed Arabica coffee. Members have lessened their dependence on imported food by intercropping coffee plants with citrus and bananas. Members have demonstrated a commitment to organic production and the cooperative provides technical assistance to its members, including workshops on composting the by-products of coffee production and utilizing shade trees and natural fertilizers to enrich the soil. Oromia’s coffee is comprised of heirloom indigenous cultivars and is grown at an altitude of 1500 to 2000m.