Shebedino, Sidama Zone, Southern Nations Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
October – December
Full natural and dried on elevated tables
Fair Trade, Organic
Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) is the second largest regional cooperative in Ethiopia and sources coffee from 53 community-based cooperatives throughout the Sidama zone. The bulk of production comes from small family owned farms where coffee is cultivated on just a few acres of land. In this instance, nearly 000 producers carefully pick and deliver their harvested cherries to the Telamo Cooperative, which operates a mill in the Shebedino District. Cherries are carefully hand sorted to remove under ripe and damaged beans and then the moisture is carefully reduced to 11 percent on raised beds designed to gently dry coffee with lots of airflow. Simultaneously, Telamo carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for small producers, including training producers in best organic practices and investing in basic infrastructure needs like road improvements and establishing local warehouses. SCFCU focuses on establishing a certification process for local cooperatives, creating micro-credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger scale. Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways SCFCU strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families.