Ethiopia Sidamo Nura Korate
Our Ethiopia Sidamo Nura Korate displays delicate peach, berry and floral notes backed up by a creamy body and a sweet milk chocolate roundness. A uniquely complex yet well-balanced coffee.
Location: Dara District, Sidamo, Ethiopia
Altitude: 5,700 Feet
Varietals: Heirloom Ethiopian
Harvest: September - February
Export: October - April
Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic
In 2001, the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) was started with 39 member cooperatives located throughout the Sidama region in south central Ethiopia. The Sidama region is well known for producing coffee under the ‘garden coffee system’ – grown near farmers’ homesteads, harvested primarily by family labor, and generally fertilized with organic nutrients. Nearly all the coffee produced by the cooperatives is shade grown under canopies of indigenous trees and enset (false banana) at low densities ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 plants per hectare.
SCFCU, which today has grown to 45 member cooperatives, assists its members with organic production practices and obtaining organic certification, resulting in 31 members who are currently certified organic. Additionally, SCFCU has been Fair Trade Certified since 2003. Obtaining Fair Trade pricing and exporting their high-quality coffee directly to the international market has enabled SCFCU to implement various social and production improvements that benefit the member cooperatives. The union has given scholarships to hundreds of members’ children and has funded three new elementary school buildings. Professional training is offered to all managers and machine operators to improve quality control with inspectors supervising all stages of the production process.
The SCFCU cooperatives have purchased pulperies in order to better control the processing of their coffee and have built roads in their communities, constructed warehouses, and installed electricity. Because of their hard work and attention to detail, coffee produced by SCFCU has won several awards.