Duromina - Organic


Duromina - Organic

£7.00 / 250 gram(s)

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Delivery weight: 250 g


Possible delivery methods: Standard delivery, Customer pickup

Duromina which means 'to improve their lives' in the Afan Oromo language, is a coffee cooperative in Southwestern Jimma Zone. Coffee has grown here for generations but was traditionally processed using the dry or natural method. Farmers paid little attention to quality control control and despite an ideal climate and altitude for coffee growing the area's coffee was synonymous with poor quality. On paper these farmers had it all: very high altitude, rich and fertile soils, Ethiopia's incredibly complex heirloom varietals and good rainfall. Year after year, farmers received low prices for their coffee, earning little income as a result. The missing link was quality control.

In 2010, around 100 local coffee farmers banded together to form Duromina. As the name suggests their goal was simple; to improve their lives. The Coffee Initiative - a project established by Technoserve and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - was influential in establishing and developing fledgling cooperatives like Duromina. With technical support, business advice and access to finance, the members aquired and installed a wet mill and began processing fully washed coffee for the first time. As part of the Coffee Initiative, Falcon acted as guarantor for 47 farming groups representing 100,000 people so that they qualified for bank loans which were integral to the project. These improvements helped Duromina produce high-quality coffee and bring new prosperity to the community.

Two years later an international panel of professional judges wouls select Duromina's coffee as the best in Africa, awarding the cooperative the top prize in the leading regional cupping competion.

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