We have been purchasing coffee from the very special Idido village for a decade. Whether it is the high elevation and microclimate here, or the predominance of Kudhume type coffee varieties, this area has produced the best lots for us. The Idido Cooperative with its more than 1,000 members has worked with the growers in the communities of Wegida, Aricha, Direto, Ela Tenecha, Bowicha, Haro Badami, and Gerse, to prepare single community lots and special processing over the years for Counter Culture. Since 2011-2012 we have been working with the Yirgacheffe Farmers Cooperative Union and the Idido Cooperative to prepare special selections and make the coffee even better.
The Idido Cooperative was established in the late 1970s, and joined the Yirgacheffe Farmers cooperative in 2002.
Explanation of the Name
Idido is the name of the village where the centralized washing station for this coffee is located. But the Idido Cooperative works with growers in 8 Kabeles (villages). These villages include: The Idido village itself which is also called Wegida, Aricha, Direto, Ela Tenecha, Gersse, Bowicha, H Badmie, and Charbanita.
Yirgacheffe is one of the most famous coffee towns in Ethiopia, if not the entire world. When we first traveled to Yirgacheffe almost a decade ago, it was hard to believe that a town so tiny—if you blink 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 decades ago by building a washing station to process coffee in the "washed" style that was popular in Latin America. Yirgacheffe quickly became famous for its sweetly complex, almost tea-like washed coffees, and the area around Yirgacheffe has become a heaven for coffee buyers around the world, including Counter Culture. Staggering altitude, ideal climates, and unique coffee varieties make this a truly special coffee region.
General Place Information
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 diversity of Arabica than than any other producing country. 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.
Idido is composed of a little more than 1,000 members in total. The members of Idido have very small plots of land around their house. Total, they tend to have about 1.5 hectares of land, and, in that, 1.5 hectares about half is coffee. It is a diverse ecosystem with lots of different plants and shade. This area is also extremely densely populated (second only to Addis Ababa), making the diversity of the ecosystem that much more impressive. While forested land and tree diversity are issues in many parts of Ethiopia including the south, compared to other regions of the world with this size of population, the amount of shade canopy is impressive. While a large percentage of the population here grows coffee as a cash crop, people are largely subsistence farmers. Enset (false banana) is the main food crop followed by many types of fruits, vegetables, and beans.
Varieties: Kudhume, Wolisho, Dega
Elevation: 1,900 – 2,400 meters
Harvest Time: November 2015–January 2016
Certifications: Certified Organic