April 05, 2019
The Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) is comprised of over 23 different member co-operatives, which includes a count of over 40,000 farmers. Working with YCFCU allows the co-operative to export directly to roasters all over the world, instead of going through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX).
Union have been working with a specific co-operative, Konga, which was founded in 1975, who over the years have become highly skilled in producing both washed as well as natural coffees. The co-operative has approximately 2,523 members, of which approximately 225 are women. Konga has three washing stations where farmers bring cherries to be processed. The presence of multiple washing stations facilitates farmers access to the co-operative and assures cherries are processed as quickly as possible after being harvest, a key element in producing high-quality coffee.