FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO SMELL THE FLOWERS.
Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union, Ethiopia
Put. The. Milk. Down. It’s a special mule rule for the Yirgacheffe. These Oromia Co-operative beans are more floral than Grandma’s Sunday best; an Arabica flavour so crisp and light that milk would just be wrong.
The farmers that grow it are all indigenous to the area, working on organic, mountainside small-holdings to cultivate the potent flavours. So you owe it to them to drink it neat – to get the blast of sweet earl grey and citrus you’re meant to.
A great take on the classic washed Yirgacheffe profile.
Sweet, and with a juicy lemon citric acidity this coffee grabs attention straight away. What follows is a black tea quality that together with the acidity gives an impression of early grey, but a surprising and satisfyingly full creamy body is evident throughout.
The Yirgacheffe region has a deserved reputation for being one of the world’s foremost coffee growing regions. In the mountainous southern part of Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe and Sidamo generally exhibit clean cup characteristics and in particular, the best washed Yirgacheffe coffees have an almost tea-like quality.
Negele Gourbitu is a primary co-op, part of the OCFCU (Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union). This is the largest Fair Trade coffee producer in Ethiopia, founded in 1999 with the goal of exporting coffee from small holders directly to the specialty market. 95% of the coffee produced in the Oromia region is by done small holders.
OCFCU members are dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and social justice in their communities. Women hold prominent positions throughout the organization and all six varieties of OCFCU’s award-winning coffee are produced with organic techniques in bird-friendly conditions. The cooperative became Fair Trade Certified by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) in 2002. Today, OCFCU sells its coffee to markets in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.