Duromina, which means “to improve their lives” in the Afan Oromo language, is a coffee cooperative in southwestern Jimma Zone in Ethiopia. 

Coffee has grown here for generations but was traditionally processed using the dry, natural method. Farmers paid little attention to quality control.

In 2010, around one hundred local coffee farmers banded together to form Duromina. As the name suggests, their goal was simple: to improve their lives. With technical support, business advice and access to finance through TechnoServe’s Coffee Initiative, the members acquired and installed a wet mill and began processing fully washed coffee for the first time. These improvements helped Duromina produce high-quality coffee and bring new prosperity to the community. 

Two years later, an international panel of professional judges would select Duromina’s coffee as the best in Africa, awarding the cooperative the top prize in the leading regional cupping competition.

This coffee is fully washed. Once it is depulped, it’s soaked overnight and dried in the sun for 7-10 days. Water from the washing station is filtered before it returns to the river. 

This is a bright coffee with intense floral bergamot and apricot notes, sugary sweetness and medium body.

Location:  Agaro, Jimma Region
Producer: Various smallholders
Varietal: Indigenous heirloom
Process: Fully washed
Altitude: 1,900 - 2,000 m.