The Onekoo coffee processing plant, located in the small town of Gelan in the Oromia region, has officially started operations. The factory is part of the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union as part of the Union’s efforts to foster a culture where the majority of the processes that coffee production undertakes remains local and directly profits the community it is sourced from.
Constructed at an estimated cost of 48 million ETB, the processing plant is the second constructed by the Union. The Bule Hora coffee plant was the first one established by the Union at a cost of 50 million ETB.
The inauguration event of the Onekoo plant was attended by the President of Oromia Shimelis Abdissa and other regional officials who had been integral to the success of the project.
The Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union is one of the largest farmer’s unions in the country with over 400 unions representing more than 550,000 farmers throughout the Oromia region.
Onekoo is not only a coffee processing plant. It is also a brand that boasts 100% local and authentic products that are owned collectively by the unions.
According to the cooperative’s website “Onekoo coffee tells the story of our farmers passion, pain, love, and time spent to cultivate this mysterious, exceptional Arabic coffee collected from forest and garden coffee farms, for your pleasure.”