Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Fair Trade Organic
Enjoy the complex chocolate and caramel notes of this ancient, flavorful coffee variety grown in the Ethiopian highlands.
Our Yirgacheffe beans are grown in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, and sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU). OCFCU supports 360 cooperatives with more than 332,393 farmer-members, accounting for sixty-five percent of Ethiopia’s total coffee production. The Yirgacheffe coffee plants flourish at an altitude of 7,200 feet in the stark but beautiful Ethiopian highlands.
We roast the Yirgacheffe coffee beans a bit longer than usual to accentuate the deep, complex flavors that this variety is so famous for. Coffee originated in Ethiopia; when you savor the rich flavors of Yirgacheffe you get a sense of what captivated the first coffee drinkers so many centuries ago. We invite you to try it for yourself and see why Ethiopian coffee is so distinctive, memorable and satisfying.
Supply is limited, so place your order today!
Ethiopian Coffee and Climate Change
Much has been written about the origins of coffee in Ethiopia, but one thing that hasn’t been discussed until recently is the dramatic impact that climate change is expected to have on coffee production in Ethiopia.
The problem is that coffee plants need high altitude and subtropical conditions to grow the cherries that hold the coffee beans. However, scientific models are now predicting that, as the global climate heats up, Ethiopia will become more arid, putting at risk as much as 39-59% of Ethiopia’s Arabica coffee production.
Climate models also show that, if farmers were able to relocate their production closer to national forests, they could see a 400% increase in coffee production. This will doubtless become an important issue since coffee makes up one-third of Ethiopia’s GDP, and 15 million Ethiopians depend on the plant to make a living.
The Oromia Coffee Farmer’s Cooperative Union
After being impressed with a number of different Ethiopian coffee shipments in 2017, one in particular stood out to us; the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (OCFCU) latest fair trade organic crop. The OCFCU is a great story because it started with 34 cooperatives and $90,000 in 1999, but has grown to over 360 cooperatives with more than 332,393 farmer-members at last count. Grown at an altitude of 7,200 feet, this fair trade organic coffee is fully washed and dried on raised beds.
Climate change makes it all the more important to work with fair trade cooperatives. One of the biggest reasons we like the OCFCU is that they avoid working with middlemen and hence are able to return 70% of the net profit back to the farmers themselves. The extra money the cooperative makes allows them to reinvest in more flexible farming techniques that will help them adapt to climate change and educate their children through the Fair Trade Primary School.
Try this exceptional example of Ethiopian coffee today while supply lasts!