Member of SCFCU District of Shebedino Sidama region
Member of SCFCU since 2010 (2002 Ethiopian Calendar)
4000 farmers members
0,5 to 3,5 ha per farmer
Altitude: 1800 to 1900 m
Telamo cooperative decided to join SCFCU in 2010 in order to get access to the market through a very transparent and open book organization. In addition to the market access support the Union is also providing financial support to the cooperative as well as technical support to improve farming practices and processing practices as well. Telamo farmers and staff are working together in order to deliver to their Union a very high quality coffee. The cooperative owns 4 washing stations and 1 processing unit for natural coffee. The one we visited is for natural coffee. It shows drying tables to dry red cherries. The other processing units have a washing station to process washed coffee. In the natural coffee processing unit the cherries layer in the table was very thin and the cherries selection was very decent as well. There are two staff per table (25 m) to turn cherries around and guarantee a proper drying of all cherries. December is the best time to dry cherries. At this time of the year the weather is always very dry. In these conditions it lasts 20 days to dry the cherries and have it ready to be hulled. The cooperative also owns a huller for dried cherries hulling. It shakes the cherries first to remove any foreign material then it hulled the cherries. The final step in the machine is to shake again the beans in order to separate broken beans and light beans (floaters and immature). In 2015 the cooperative expects to ship the equivalent of 3 containers of natural and to shipe the equivalent of 10 containers of washed coffee.