Sweet, Chocolate, Fruit Notes
The Yukiro Cooperative was once part of an initiative in Ethiopia focused on working directly at the co-op level. It was administered by a non-government organization. They helped the cooperative with coordination of agronomists, managers, and with business advisors to help the cooperative manage their debt, reinvest in quality improvements at the mill and verified distribution of income to all members. Rarely does a co-op gets this kind of expert advice from outside–not in Africa, at least. 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 cooperative 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 high price we paid will result in a fair distribution of funds, a better managed cooperative, investment in the mill, and even better coffee next year.
The farms are in Goma Woreda, with altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters (6,200 to 6,900 feet). Yukiro currently has 520 members (170 female members), and they have improved their beds and warehouse capacity in the last year, as well as installed a new coffee pulper.
This year’s crop from Yuikiro is a stunning Ethiopian coffee. It has a great balance of sweetness and contrasting cocoa tones, while keeping fruit notes well in focus. The fragrance and aroma smell of honey and sugar mingled with floral stone fruits and a scent of black tea with lemon. The cooling cup has flavors of nectarine and cherry, with a tart orange note in the finish.
We offer our beans in 1 pound bags. We ship whole beans, unless you let us know at checkout that you need them ground, and for what brewing method.