Coffee Kids
This organization has helped thousands of children, women, and men in coffee-producing regions in Mexico and Central America to improve the quality of their lives and build more sustainable communities. Founded by coffee roaster Bill Fishbein in 1988, Coffee Kids is an international nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It works with local non-governmental community organizations in Latin America to create education, health-care, training, and micro enterprise programs for coffee farmers and their families. Their projects respect the cultural integrity of their local partners, foster independence, and promote long-term self-sufficiency. The Coffee Kids mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families who live in coffee-growing communities around the world.
Our washed organic Yirgacheffe is produced by the Oromia Coffee Farmers Coop Union, Ltd (OCFCO). They are certified organic by the BCS-Ökogarantie (Nürnberg, Germany). The 22, 734 farmer members of OCFCO are organized in 34 cooperatives in order to market their coffees. The total area cultivated by the cooperatives is 35,051 hectares (86,487 acres). Individual farms range in size from 0.25 to 2.0 hectares. Red cherries are handpicked from October through December. Washed coffees are wet-milled at OCFCO, then sun dried to a target moisture of 11.5%. Natural (dry-processed) coffees are sun dried and hulled at the cooperative level. All dry -milling is done by OCFCO at a government facility. Export season runs from November through June.