General information Variety: Heirloom
Processing: Fully washed
Crop year: 2018
Sensorial information Variety: Cupping score: 87
Floral | Jordbær | Svart te

Origin: Kata Maduga Union

Background

Agaro coops have historically delivered coffee to OCFCU (Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union), the biggest coffee union in Ethiopia. The union functions as a service-provider for coops in the main areas of marketing (i.e. finding buyers), harvest assistance (e.g. agronomic), finance (i.e. helping coops to obtain loans from local banks), and providing documentation services (i.e. assisting in navigating the often labyrinthine bureaucratic system of obtaining the correct documents so that coffee can be sold and exported).

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The Kata Mudaga Union was established on August 2016 by 35 primary cooperatives and includes a total of 17,594 small-scale farmer members. Kata Mudaga is located within the regional state of Oromia, Jimma zone, and Agarois its town closest. Agaro islocated 397km from Addis Ababa.

Working area: includes five rural districts in the Jimma Zone: Goma, Gera, Gummay, Setema and Sigimo.

Climate: the temperature ranges from 12-24 degrees Celsius with an annual rain fall from between 1600–2000mm.

Aims:

To improve the life standard of member farmers by enhancing household income levels. This is accomplished by providing a direct marketing channel to coffee buyers, which can better provide a good price for members’ products.
Return earning paid as dividend to producers from their primary cooperatives.
Traceability: washed and natural organic coffees from Gera, Goma and Gummay.

Union Price Transparency:

5% go toward export related expenses (e.g. transport, jute bags, etc.)

5% is the Union’s commission and in part gets directed to staff salary and different investments that will help union grow and develop

The remaining 90% of export proceeds go directly to the coop and are distributed based on the following criteria:

-payment of outstanding loans and then;

-70% paid goes to coop members as dividends;

-30% pays for coop expenses, out of which 10% goes towards social projects: building schools, constructing roads, clean water, etc.

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Founded 2016
Altitude 1975-2100
Origin type Cooperation
No. of members 334