We have been purchasing coffee from this village – from now two different sources – off and on for more than 7 years. In 2010, we committed to buying a natural process coffee from the Idido Cooperative, without the cooperative ever producing a special preparation natural sundried coffee before. In this risk, we became the only roaster to purchase that coffee in 2010 and couldn't have been happier with the results. We worked closely with the co-op to perfect this 2012/2013 harvest washed process coffee, and this version of their great coffee is an ode to what made Yirgacheffe a world-renown name.
The Idido Cooperative was established in the late 1970s, and joined the Yirgacheffe Farmers Cooperative Union in 2002. We have yet to hear the actual meaning of Idido, but Idido is the name of the village the cooperative is located. Hence, why it is the name of the cooperative and the coffee.
Region: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
Elevation: 1,800 - 2,100 meters
Yirgacheffe is likely the most famous or second-most famous town – Harrar being the other – in all of Ethiopia. When we first traveled to Yirgacheffe almost a decade ago, it was hard to believe that a town so tiny that if you blinked while driving through it you might miss it, could have such a reputation. The reputation, however, is there for a reason. Yirgacheffe revolutionized Ethiopian coffee back in the 1950s by building a washing station to process coffee in the "washed" style popular in Latin America at that time. Yirgacheffe quickly became famous for its sweetly complex, almost tea-like washed coffees, and the area around Yirgacheffe town remains heaven for coffee buyers around the world, including us. Fertile soil, staggering altitude, ideal climate, and unique heirloom coffee varieties make this a truly special coffee region.
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As many coffee people know, Ethiopia is the indigenous birthplace of coffee, which is believed to have grown wild in the southwestern forests for millennia.Therefore, Ethiopia has the longest-standing traditions of coffee culture and cultivation in the world. Ethiopia's coffee trees have cross-pollinated an unknown number of times, creating more genetic coffee diversity than all other producing countries combined. As for the coffee culture of Ethiopia, it stands alone, as well. No other country celebrates coffee with such high regard; the reverence of the daily coffee ceremony is a cultural treasure and an incredibly important part of the fabric of Ethiopian social, familial, and business life.