Flavors of strawberry lemonade, jasmine, and blackberry jam
As a member of Sidama Coffee, Buna Boka’s 1,069 coffee farmer members average a single hectare of coffee cultivation each, and the majority of coffee produced by the members is fully washed. Buna Boka was founded in 1975 and functioned independently, as did many co-ops and processing groups of the time, for lack of a greater export network. Operating through a system of local buyers who delivered the collected coffee cherry to processors or export auctions, this system remained in place until the late 1990s, when the formation of cooperative unions gave the farmers voting power, as well the higher farm returns that come from directly exporting coffee via the union. Certifications and conscious business plans have been helping vast populations of smallholders gain small but meaningful leverage in the global marketplace.