Altitude: 2,040 Meters
Tasting Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Peach
Nano Challa cooperative was established in 2004 by an initial 25 farmer members from the Agaro town in the Jimma Zone, Oromia, Western Ethiopia. The founding members formed the group in order to foster unity, and to address issues they were all facing around finding good buyers for their coffee, alleviating debt, and improving standards of production.
Nano Challa's fortunes were boosted in 2010, when they were chosen to be part of the Technoserve Coffee Initiative alongside other remote farming communities in Jimma, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Technoserve provides technical assistance, and training to producer groups, and helps coordinate agronomists and business advisors to help improve coffee quality, assist in the management of debt, reinvestment and the fair distribution of funds to each coop member.
Nano Challa's membership has risen to over 400, and the quality improvements initiated alongside Technoserve have seen the co-op's coffees become some of the finest, most sought after in the whole of the country. This has led to radically improving the livelihoods of farmers and their families in the region.
Farmer members cultivate coffees at altitudes between 1850 and 2100 meters and have around 3 hectares of land each, on average.