This single-origin is a washed coffee from Sidama, Ethiopia, and is certified organic. It comes to us from smallholder farmers from the Wata Dara cooperative. We are excited for this coffee as it has the classic floral notes that we always appreciate in washed Ethiopian coffees, but also has deeper notes of blackberry and passion fruit that help add more complexity and make for a sweet vibrant cup.
Wata Dara is one of the primary cooperatives belonging to the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU), one of Ethiopia’s largest and best-known exporting organizations. SCFCU is robust; there are 53 member cooperatives in the union and over 80,000 member households throughout the Sidama Zone. Wata Dara carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for small producers, including training producers in best organic practices and investing in basic infrastructure needs like road improvements and establishing local warehouses. SCFCU focuses on establishing a certification process for local cooperatives, creating micro-credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger scale. Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways SCFCU strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families.