Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, has more than 1.2 million coffee growers and approximately 15 million households dependent on coffee for their livelihoods. Coffee accounts for more than half of Ethiopias export earnings. OCFCU (Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union) is the largest Fair Trade coffee producer in Ethiopia. Oromia was founded in 1999 when 23,691 members of 35 small Ethiopian cooperatives came together with the goal of exporting their coffee directly to the specialty market. Oromias Highland Coffees are grown by indigenous farmers of the southwestern rainforest of Ethiopia. Oromia sells its coffee to Fair Trade markets in the United States and Europe.
Format: Whole bean green / unroasted coffee, 1lb (454g)
Cup Characteristics: Medium body, tart acidity, floral aroma
Certifications: Cafe Femenino, Fair Trade Certified, Organic, Bird-Friendly, Forest-Grown
Varieties: Yirgacheffe, Heirloom
Elevation: 1,500 - 2,000 m
Processing: Wet processing and sun drying
About Cafe Femenino The story of Cafe Femenino began in 2004 when women farmers from northern Peru began talking with their cooperative leaders about their desire to separate their coffee from the mens. These female members of Cecanor felt they put more care into their production, creating a superior product and wanted to know if there might be a market for womens coffee. Cecanor, having already established a partnership with Organic Products Trading Co. over the previous 10 years, collaborated with us to see how we might organize a womens only coffee for the international marketplace. Together we developed a full social program with the goal to empower female farmers using the production and sale of their own product as the vehicle to create social change. Today the Cafe Femenino Program continues to have a huge impact in the daily lives of women around the world and creates greater gender equality in families, cooperatives, and communities.