Greetings POK Coffee Lovers,
This week we’re headed to Africa. Ethiopia is widely considered the birthplace of coffee. Legend has is that a goat herder named Kaldi noticed his animals were very energetic after eating a certain type of berry. He told the monks at the local monastery and they found that making a drink with the berries helped them stay awake during evening prayers. Soon word of this wonderous berry began to spread, or so they say.
We do know for certain that this week’s coffee from the Yirge Cheffe region of Ethiopia is widely known for its plum, strawberry and floral notes. Like many coffee producing countries, the Ethiopian coffee industry has suffered from low prices and farmers leaving their land behind because farming coffee had become a money losing enterprise. With the help of Fair Trade organizations, farmers have been able to secure fair prices and make money, especially small farmers. This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Adado Cooperative. The Adado Cooperative currently has 1,128 members. In 2002, the cooperative joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 2002 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo ethnic region of Ethiopia. There are twenty-six other cooperatives affiliated with the YCFCU totaling more than 45,000 members.
We hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.
Here's to another cup – virtually together,
The NRR Team