Agaro is part of the Jimma Zone, which is one of the three top coffee producing regions of Ethiopia, alongside Sidama and Gedeo.
This coffee is sourced from the Biftu Gudina Cooperative, located just outside the city of Agaro, in western Ethiopia.
In 2012, one hundred and fourteen smallholders from Bersemo kebele came together to form Biftu Gudina; a Cooperative whose name means “ray of development”. The farmers started by planting new seedlings that were resistant to disease. They learned industry best practices; the importance of shade trees; how to maximize the yield of their trees; when to harvest for the best flavour; and most importantly, how to process the coffee after harvest. When they first started in 2012, the smallholders sold one container of coffee. Now, this group of smallholders has increased sales to eight containers of coffee a year. Today, the Coop has 296 members, of which 86 are women.
Grown at an altitude of around 2100 meters, this coffee is made from several ancestral varieties also known as Heirloom.
Biftu Gudina Coop