Ethiopia Oromia Farmers Co-op
Location: Oromia, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1770 – 2200 masl
Process: Fully Washed
Oromia is thought to be the birthplace of coffee. At the beginning of the 5th Century, the Oromo people used coffee for food, drink, trade, spiritual nourishment and as a tool for peace-keeping.
OCFCU exports traceable and certified coffees. The premiums and support from roasters, are invested in social projects like schools, health posts, availability of clean water and bridges.
The Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Co-operative Union (OCFCU) was founded in June 1999, and is the largest Fair Trade coffee producer in Ethiopia. The co-operative requested and received permission from the government to become a direct exporter of its members coffee, therefore bypassing the central auction and giving more control and market share to the producer.
Oromia has a total of 34 co-ops, with a total of 22,743 farmers. Eight of these co-ops currently export under FLO conditions. Last year they exported 947MT of Fairtrade coffee.
The region where the coffee is grown covers 40% of Ethiopia in the central, western, eastern and southern areas. The total area cultivated by the co-operatives is 163,192 hectares; of this 50,692 is certified organic. With the OCFCU being allowed to exclusively deliver the coffee by bypassing the auction, this also enables them to control and maintain their own quality standards during the whole process.