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An exemplary lot from one of the best cooperatives in Jimma, Ethiopia. Loads of nectarine, grapefruit and marzipan make this a really special espresso.

CULTIVAR: Heirloom varieties
LOCATION: Jimma Zone, Oromia
ALTITUDE: 1,900-2,000 masl

Our ARCHETYPE espresso aims to showcase coffees which are shining examples of a particular region or origin.

Jimma is blessed with pretty ideal conditions for growing coffee. On paper these farms have it all; very high altitude, rich and fertile soils, incredibly complex heirloom varieties and good rainfall. Despite this ideal climate and altitude for coffee growing until recent years the area’s coffee has been synonymous with poor quality. Farmers received low prices for their coffee, earning little income as a result.

In 2010, a group of around one hundred local coffee farmers banded together to establish Duromina cooperative. Duromina means “to improve their lives” in the Afan Oromo language and as the name suggests their goal was simple: to improve their lives. Access to finance through TechnoServe’s Coffee Initiative enabled the members to acquire and install a wet mill and begin processing fully washed coffee for the first time. These changes, along with technical support for producer members, helped Duromina farmers improve their quality control and produce exceptional coffees, bringing new prosperity to the community.

Duromina farmers now produce coffees of outstanding quality with scores of 90+ being achieved regularly. The premiums they have received for these higher quality coffees have also been used to build roads in the community, buy transformers for a new power line, fund health care and contribute to the construction of a local school in Beshasha, improving the lives of the local community as well as the producer members.