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Ethiopia Yukiro Cooperative

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Jasmine florals, peach pie, cherry preserves, citrus.

Roast:  Medium

Processing:  Washed

Varietal:  Heirloom Varietals

Cupping Score: 92

12 ounces

Yukiro Cooperative was once part of an initiative in Ethiopia focused on working directly at the coop level. Administered by a non-government organization, they helped the cooperative with coordinating agronomists, managers, and with business advisors to helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill , and verifies distribution of income to all members.  A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper in debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. The ultimate goal of the program is to get the cooperatives they work with to the point of self sustainability, which Yukiro has now achieved. Because of this work and the resulting transparency  of the organization, we can verify that the great price we paid will result in a fair distribution of funds, a better managed coop, investment in the mill , and even better coffee next year. The farms are in Goma Woreda, with altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. Yukiro currently has 520 members (170 female members), and have improved their beds and warehouse capacity in the last year, as well as installed a new Penagos  2500 coffee pulper.

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