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Ethiopia Adado Cooperative


Adado is the name of the ancestral tribe surrounding the Gedeo Zone of Yirgacheffe. This is where the Co-op gets its name. There are eight mills in the Adado region, with about 7,000 farmers represented. These Adado farmers are members of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU).

The YCFCU was organized in 2002 in an effort to establish stability amidst fluctuating coffee prices. Recognized under the national labor union, the YCFCU represents 43,794 farmers over six districts, including Yirgacheffe, Gedeb, Wanago, Dilla Zuria, Bule, and Kochere. The YCFCU has been offered an exemption from the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECU). This allows the Co-op better control of sorting individual lots as well as control over quality and at the same time assuring that the member producers are paid premiums due for their coffee.

The Ethiopian traditional coffee growing method is mainly manifested among the Yirgacheffe coffee-growing farmers. While the protection and handling of the coffee is carried out on a manual basis, the development is done with the use of natural fertilizers. Pests are controlled by biological natural means. In this manner, the development work is done through the application of the age-old cultural traditional means, rather than the artificial modern pest, insect, and weed control by chemical and fertilizers.

Region: Yirgacheffe, Gedeo Zone Process: Fully Washed Variety: Indigenous Heirloom Cultivars Altitude: 6560-7710 feet Tasting Notes: Juniper, jasmine, lime, cocoa, silky body Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade

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