Hunda Oli – Ethiopia


Co-Operative : Hunda Oli
Owners : more than 180 smallholders
Varieties : Limu Heirlooms

Process : Washed
Region : Limu, Oromia Region
Altitude (masl) : 1990-2250
Harvest Method : Handpicking

Hunda Oli is a farmers’ co-operative in the wild forests of Agaro, Limu in the Oromia region of western Ethiopia – “the birthplace of coffee”. Here the coffees grow around 2000 meters above sea level in the shades of indigenous, old-growth forests. Typically one farmer has a lot of a 1 hectare. With this small farm sizes co-operatives are especially valuable in helping to bring coffee to the market.

The almost 200 farmers selectively hand pick shade-grown coffees of various local heirloom varieties and deliver them to the co-op’s wet mill. Before pulping the coffee cherries are carefully sorted and all the over-ripe and immature cherries are discarded. Because of a water and labor saving mechanical demucilager there is no need for fermentation.  After this coffee spends around  7-14 days on drying tables until it reaches the target moisture content.

Hunda Oli and TechnoServe

The Hunda Oli Co-op was established under a Coffee Initiative by an NGO called TechnoServe. TechnoServe works with development initiatives and mostly with agro-businesses utilising natural resources and human potential, such as coffee.

TechnoServe started the Coffee Initiative in Ethiopia in 2008 by the help of an investment from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They trained coffee farming households to improve their productivity through a curriculum of modules on agronomic best practices.

Through this program 139 609 farmers received training that helped them better their farming techniques which resulted in better quality of the coffee and thus increased the farmers’ yields by an average of 38%. These increased profits are bettering the lives of the whole community. For example Hunda Oli Co-op has committed to invest a portion of their profits back into the community and to date they have installed water supply systems supplying more than 400 households.

La Loma – Costa Rica


Farm : La Loma
Owner : Hector Bonilla
Varieties : Red Catuai

Process : White Honey
Region : San Francisco de Leon Cortes, Tarrazú
Altitude (masl) : 1850
Harvest Method : Handpicking

The father and son team of Hector and Pablo Bonilla are the owners of the La Loma farm as well as the well-known and widely recognised Don Mayo micro-mill. La Loma farm sits at 1800 meters above sea level in the Tarrazu region, famous for it’s high quality specialty coffees and breathtakingly beautiful scenery.

The Bonillas have been producing some of the finest coffees in Costa Rica for several years. They also process coffee cherries from several neighbouring farms on their mill and were behind the producing of the CoE winning lot of 2009.

Hector Bonilla founded the Don Mayo Coffee Mill in 1994. Before this Mr Bonilla was the general manager of Cooperativa de Caficultores de Llano Bonito R.L. While working for the co-op he, amongst other things, incorporated the “Fair Trade” market and the beginning of direct sales of the cooperative’s coffee to European and North American clients.

The family is very much involved in all the aspects of their business and caring of the coffee trees. They oversee every aspect of plantation management. Including pruning, fertilising and cleaning of the plantations and also participate in the milling process, in order to assure a quality product.

The Bonillas use agricultural practices taken from research-based evidence; interventions that include best practice of soil treatments, shade organisation and coffee varieties. These practices are based primarily on the use of varieties of coffee that have been proven to best match the agroecology of the farms, soil maintenance without the use of agrochemicals and the use of the controlled shade to incorporate organic matter into soil.

Tarrazu Area

Tarrazú region has two well-defined seasons – rainy and dry, which is ideal for growing coffee. Because of distinctive seasons the coffee cherries grow surprisingly uniform in ripeness. The rainy season lasts for seven months starting in May and continuing all the way to November. During this time the coffee plants are growing. Harvest time runs from November to March and therefore coincides nicely with the dry season. In addition the characteristic sedimentary soil composition of the land results in coffees that  have distinctively acidic qualities.

Los Angeles – Colombia


Farm : Los Angeles
Owners : Maria Bercelia Martinez and Jose Erazo
Varieties : Caturra and Colombia F.6

Process : Washed
Region : Acevedo, Huila
Altitude (masl) : 1770m
Harvest Method : Handpicking

Maria Bercelia Martinez

Maria Bercelia Martinez got into the coffee business when she happened to buy the Los Angeles farm with her partner Jose Erazo. Before this she had no experience in coffee and instead had her background in the commercial business.  In the beginning they had a very few resources but the made the best they could with them. They started their work days at 4 am with a long walk to the nearest road to catch the first cars passing at 6 am.

With this great dedication, hard work and the help of Fairfield Trading company  Maria Bercelia and her family has been successful in turning their business focus to specialty coffee. Their passion to quality was rewarded in 2016 when their family’s coffees occupied two places in the final of the Collaborative Coffee Source’s Acevedo Cup – a regional coffee quality competition by CCS and Fairfield trading.

Future plans

Maria’s family’s future plans include growing both in varieties and production. Also they plan to plant three more varieties, including Geisha and remodel their washing station. For the latter the construction are already on their way. Their dedication and thrive to greater quality have also resulted in higher interest to better their processing. At the moment they are especially keen to better the drying in order to end up with even better results for their customers in roasting the coffee. All this hard work is a sign of deep passion to producing quality coffee. As a result of all this work Maria Bercelia hopes to see her coffee being recognized in world.

Acevedo, Huila

Acevedo is municipality in the southeast corner of the Huila department. It is known for it’s diverse micro climates which make it a very prominent coffee-growing region due to it’s diverse micro climates. Also it boasts with rich variety of tropical fruits, flowers, birds and insects.