This Fairtrade Organic, natural-processed coffee comes from the Tutta Klanisa Cooperative in Harrar, a growing area in Ethiopia’s Eastern Highlands that’s known for producing coffees with winey- to fruity acidities and dark berry tasting notes.
Tutta Klanisa is part of the larger Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU), as Harrar is part of the larger Harrar region. Tutta Klanisa includes 155 producers (12 of whom are women). Their farms have loamy soil and sit between 1,510 and 2,120 meters above sea level.
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
OCFCU is a farmer-owned cooperative with members from across the Oromia region, which accounts for 65 percent of the country’s total coffee-growing land.
OCFCU was established in 1999, with 34 small cooperative as members, to facilitate the direct export of coffee produced by smallholder farmers. Today, it is the largest Fair Trade producer in Ethiopia, with 217 primary cooperatives representing more than 200,000 farmer households.
The group has an excellent reputation for supporting its members and their communities—and for having women in prominent positions throughout the organization. Its pays 70% of its net profit back to the cooperatives, which in turn pay 70 percent of their profit to the member farmers. Farmers benefit by being paid three times during each season, which allows for greater stability.
OCFCU has constructed schools, health centers and clean water supply stations, and it also maintains a bank where member can receive pre-harvest financing and other financial services.
Cupping notes: Berry, chocolate, black pepper spice; winey acidity.