Our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe label features a painting by Heather called “Ibex in a Boat”. This Walia Ibex is on his way to Whiskey Rock, a local landmark that is a destination each summer for boaters and adventurers. Waiting for him are his two buddies (see Ethiopia Sidama Natural) who have already made it to the top of Whiskey Rock. Will they have a midday siesta in the sun, or will they jump off the rock for a dip?
The endangered Walia Ibex live in small herds in the northern mountains of Ethiopia. They live in very steep, rocky cliff areas (2500 – 4500 m high) in a habitat of mountain forest, sub-alpine grasslands, and scrub where they graze on various plants. Major threats to this subspecies of the Alpine Ibex are habitat loss and hunting, with encroaching settlement, livestock grazing, and cultivation also adding to the population`s demise. The small herds travel up to 2 km per day, usually not by boat.
Coffee Cooperative: Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU)
Fast Facts on Oromia – from Cooperative Coffees
Established in 1999
Members: 180,000 as of 2011
146 cooperatives; 28 FLO certified
Regions: Limu, Sidama, Yirgacheffe, Nekemte,
Jimma, Neqemte/ Ghimbi, and Harrar
- Washed and sun dried
- Altitude : 1770-2200m (5790-7210ft)
- Harvest: October to January