Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe - Konga Cooperative
Konga Cooperative (Masrshu Mill)
October 2019 - January 2020
Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, has over 1.1 million coffee farmers that make up the various cooperatives. Most of these are located in the south and west of the country. The varieties are known as Heirloom, which is a mix of the native Typica hybrids and new varietals of old strains. Yirgacheffe coffees are known for their clean, floral and acidity-driven washed coffees and high quality sundried unique fruit and berry flavours. All cooperatives in Ethiopia belong to a Union which mills, grades, sells and exports the coffee. The Konga Cooperative, considered to be one of the more successful cooperatives in the area, has a very well organized washing station located at 1850masl, in the heart of Yirgacheffe. The cooperative is made up of over 1500 small farmers. The average size of each farm is 1.25 acres on which coffee and various foods for the local market are grown in volcanic soils.