Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) was founded in 2001 to represent coffee producing cooperatives located throughout the Sidama Zone of southern Ethiopia. Originally, the Union consisted of 39 cooperatives which represented over 70,000 farmers.
Today, SCFCU has grown to represent 46 cooperatives and over 80,000 farmers (small holders) making SCFCU the second largest coffee producing cooperative union in Ethiopia. Nearly all coffee produced by our member cooperatives is shade grown in low densities under the canopies of indigenous trees and enset (false banana), a staple food crop. Member of SCFCU have been growing and processing fine Sidamo type coffee for more than 30 years, and are now exporting their world famous product directly to overseas buyers. Sidama Union produces approximately about 10,000 tons of high quality Organic Arabica beans per year, 95% of which is washed.
Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) since 2003, SCFCU serves to develop producer-buyer relations and export the members' extraordinarily high quality coffee directly to the international market.