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Coffee Production

In Sidama, the garden coffee production system is widely practiced.  Coffee is grown near homesteads and is planted at low densities, ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 plants per hectare.  Most garden coffee is fertilized with organic nutrients.

Harvesting and Processing

Depending on altitudinal variation and rainfall distribution, the harvesting period varies from September to December.  Harvesting is mostly done by family labor.  Freshly hand-picked cherries are sorted before pulping and are sold to the primary cooperatives for wet processing.

Fresh clean cherries arriving at pulperies are pulped and allowed to ferment naturally.  The fermented coffee is washed with clean running water, soaked in clean water and then dried to retain about 11.5 percent moisture.


Dried parchments (washed and dried coffee with husks) are stored in a warehouse until delivery to the Union in Addis Ababa.  The husk is removed and the clean beans are packaged in labeled bags (60 kg / 132 lbs) for export.

Quality Control

At each stage, coffee quality is ensured though an integrated quality control system.  Red cherries delivered to the washing stations are inspected.  Only those beans that meet the exacting export standards and have verified origin characteristics are allowed to be exported.

Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union

Kadisco Building 3rd Floor, Debre zeit Road, P.O. Box 122062 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: (251-11) 440 71 65, Fax: (251-11) 440 71 66, Mobile: (251-91) 124 73 26, Email: sidacoop@ethionet.et, sidacoop@yahoo.com