The Arfasa General Trading PLC has more than 25 years in coffee production, processing and trading and is committed to aid farmers negotiate premium price paid based on quality, traceability and supply quantity of sustainably grown coffee. For coffee to be sustainable, all practices along the production system and supply chain must be taken into account. Arfasa strives for measurable environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability in everything the cooperative does and focuses on supporting community-based organizations and sustainable agriculture. By facilitating price negotiations and providing education in sustainable practices, the collective is improving the quality of coffee production and also the livelihoods of the farmers within the agricultural communities of Sidamo. Arfasa focuses on supporting community-based organizations and sustainable agriculture with the improvement of the quality of coffee production, but especially the livelihoods of the farmers within the agricultural communities of Sidamo.
Arfasa operates one coffee estate located in Kaffa Ð Gewata region and six coffee processing stations located in the Guji of Sidamo. The cooperative works with anywhere from 780 to 1350 small shareholder coffee farmers per region. Coffee cherries are delivered to five dispersed collection points by the farmers and is then transported to the dry processing station.
Located in the southern portion of Sidamo, the Oromo people of Guji have a long tradition of coffee cultivation. The Oromo were consuming coffee centuries before the legendary story of Kaldi and his goats.
Once upon a time, Waqa, the supreme sky god, punished one of his loyal men with death. The next morning, Waqa visited his burial place, and tears dropped of his eyes. A plant emerged from the soil that was watered by WaqaÕs tears, and that was coffee. It is believed that all other plants are watered by rain, but coffee is with tears of Waqa. Coffee is always green. In Oromo tradition green symbolizes fertility through which Waqa manifests himself to the people. Hence, coffee has special value in Oromo culture. (Crop to Cup)