The Jimma zone in the Oromia region of Ethiopia is one of the top three coffee producing regions in the country. Growing conditions are ideal since coffee crops are protected by the forest and rainforest that cover most of the area.
This coffee is sourced from the Tuma Tesso Cooperative in the town of Agaro, Jimma. It is the newest addition to the network of cooperatives under the umbrella of the Kata Muduga Multi-purpose Farmers' Cooperative Union. Created in 2016, the union is responsible for helping produce the best quality coffees in the region, as the Jimma zone is traditionally only known for low quality natural processed coffee.
Furthermore, Asnake Nigat, the union's general manager, was a business advisor with the Technoserce Coffee Initiative, a development project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010, Technoserve helped these cooperatives transition to washed coffee production.
Kata Muduga Multi-purpose Farmers' Cooperative Union