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Ethiopia Travel and Program Updates

Ethiopia: After the Harvest   Resa Cooperative in Wenango District of Ethiopia - in the Off-Season. This farm truck sits in front of the storage barn / dry mill for the 2,700 farmer-strong, Yirgecheffee Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union Member. As one of the more competitive coffee origins in the world, most purchasing in Ethiopia is done before the first cherries are picked. Buyers line up contracts with their exporters, who in turn, are waiting for the bell to ring on the ECX floor in Jan, to secure volume and fulfill their contracts for the buying season. This is how most business is done. If importers aren’t working through an exporter who buys off the ECX, they’re purchasing through a Union. Of over 300 unions registered...
March 13, 2013
Category: in Ethiopia Travel and Program Updates
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It's been a truly magical experience in Ethiopia this past week. Here, in the birthplace of coffee, hundreds of thousands of completely wild coffee trees grow under the cover of dense forest towering hundreds of feet overhead. We coffee sourcers often like to talk about the pleasures of visiting a perfectly managed coffee farm (properly pruned and mulched, spacing between trees, carefully planned shade trees, etc) but never could we have imagined the joy of walking through a dense forest of coffee trees growing wild without human assistance, going on for miles and miles and hours and hours of driving and trekking. We're in the Jimma area of Ethiopia's Oromia State, meeting with the farmers and organizers behind the Belete-Gera Participatory...