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Ethiopia Bench Maji Sheko Natural

Cupping notes

Dark chocolate, subtle acidity, blackberry, pear, orange, plum.

Description

Sheko Cooperative is also known as Mehal Sheko Cooperative which means Central Sheko Cooperative. It is one of the 65 Cooperatives under Bench Maji Forest coffee producer Farmers Cooperative Union Ltd (BMFCU) and one of the 14 Founding Members of the Union in 2005. Around 166 smallholder farmers make up the membership.

Lying to the north of the forest’s most renown coffee village, Gesha, farmers from the Northern Ethiopia have been attracted by the forest and fertile soils of Bench Maji zone since the late 1990’s, the Sheko woreda in particular. Even though the coming of people from other regions has played its role in minimizing the existed reserved forest areas, the establishment of Bench Maji Forest Coffee Union (BMFCU) and the intervention of different stake holders and NGOs such as WCC-PFM has protected the existing environment by letting the farmers to benefit from their coffee for they have preserved the forest.

The People: Sheko tribes are the indigenous people whose ancient ancestors have lived with forest and coffee. In Sheko culture, cutting one big tree is believed to be the same as killing one person. It is this culture which let the Sheko areas look like as if we are in the 16th century. Hundreds of year old trees are still serving the coffee as a shield.

Farmers are highly motivated and their commitment to preserve Forest and Biodiversity has increased due to premium incomes coming from certified coffee buyers.

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Origin
Producer
Process
Natural
Altitude
1500 - 2200m
Harvest
October - January
SCA score
84.5
Varietal
Certification

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