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Idido Coop, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Idido Cooperative is located near the town of Yirgacheffe in the Gedeo zone - a small, high altitude valley in Southern Sidamo. It is a small community cooperative with a membership base of approximately 1200. It is one of 24 base cooperatives that comprise Yirgacheffe Union, which provides marketing and export services for the base coops like Idido.

The Yirgacheffe region lies within the Ethiopian section of the East African Rift, part of what is informally known as the “Great Rift Valley” that stretches from Syria to Madagascar. This geographic phenomenon is caused by the gradual divergence of the Somalian Plate to the West and the Nubian Plate to the East, causing volcanic activity and valley formations that have led to the very high altitudes and rich volcanic soil. Farmers grow coffee at upwards of 2100 metres above sea level, benefiting from synergies that occur when cool mountain air allows coffee to mature slowly in soil conditions and ecosystems closely resembling those that first spawned the Arabica species, which is native to the region.

Yirgacheffe coffee, exemplified by the Idido Cooperative, is renowned for its remarkable sweetness, crisp and complex acidity and mesmerizing aromas of flowers, stone fruit (particularly peaches), citrus fruit and caramel.