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Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia

In the Borana subregion of the Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia, near the celebrated Yirgachefe town, 2,000 smallholder farmers are growing a mix of heirloom coffee varieties. As part of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU), the farmers are assured more stable and transparent trade. Since the OCFCU was established in 1999, it’s grown to include 217 cooperatives representing more than 200,000 households. Like much of Southern Ethiopian coffee, the beans are disc pulped, fermented, washed in channels, and dried on raised beds. Borana is a floral and fruited cup, with flavors of mango, tangerine, darjeeling tea, and jasmine.

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