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Founded in 2012, the Hunda Oli Cooperative is located close to the town of Agaro in the Jimma zone, around 2000 metres above sea level. It is made up of 181 members — 50 women and 131 men. Between 2012 and 2016, the cooperative received support from Technoserve (an NGO funded by the Bill Gates Foundation), with ongoing training in coffee agronomy and access to well-developed processing facilities. This support has allowed them to today focus exclusively on producing coffees for the specialty market, thus significantly increasing their income.
Cherries are harvested selectively, choosing only those that are perfectly ripe. The washing station makes sure that the cherries are pulped within a strict time limit of 8 hours from reception, fermenting by leaving them overnight in clean water for about 12-18 hours. The next morning, the cherries are washed and graded in concrete channels, followed by a period of drying in the shade. This lasts a couple of days and is followed by a longer time on African tables in full sun and constant rotation to ensure uniform drying.
Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of Arabica coffee. There are more than 1.1 million small coffee growers in the country, representing 95% of national production. The varieties are named collectively as “Ethiopian Heirloom” (genetic heritage Ethiopian) or endemic varieties, which are a myriad of local native Typica hybrids and new improved varieties based on the old strains. The two main growing areas are located in the West and South of the country, with most coffees organic by default.
Bashasha is a small town — or kebele — in Western Ethiopia, located in the Agaro area. This area is known for producing some of the best known cooperative coffees of the last decade such as: Duromina, Biftu Gudina, Yukro and Hunda Oli.
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