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Duromina, which means ‘improve their lives’ in the Afan Oromo language, was formed in 2010 by farmers who wanted to do just that.
In 2010, producers in the Jimma region were chosen to be part of the Technoserve Coffee Initiative to receive training and financing to produce fully washed coffees. The Duromina cooperative was formed through this program, and is organized under the Kata Muduga Cooperative Union.
Prior to this, many of the coffee farmers in the region were facing dwindling production and low prices for their coffee. This all began to change through Technoserve in 2010. Duromina farmers received a loan from the bank, constructed a wet mill, and began processing washed coffee for the first time. The results were almost immediate: Duromina won the 2012 African Taste of Harvest award for Africa’s best coffee that year. We’ve been proud to partner with Duromina since 2011, and support this truly incredible group of farmers.
The Duromina Cooperative sits in the highlands of the Jimma Zone of Western Ethiopia. The 320 farmers who make up Duromina cultivate their coffee in small plots near their homes and on densely shaded hillsides. The nearby village many the farmers live in used to be inaccessible during the rainy season, so the cooperative worked with the government to cofund a road project and built a bridge to give them year-round access.
Over the years Duromina has been able to expand their operation by adding a second and third washing station to their operations. During harvest, coffee cherry is delivered by producers to one of these three sites. Once the coffee is depulped and washed, it is soaked overnight and dried in the sun for 7-10 days. Water from the washing station is filtered before it returns to the river. Finally, the coffee parchment is dried slowly on raised beds, and moved and sorted constantly by the hands of cooperative members and their family, to ensure the highest quality and consistency.