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.