gechi co-operative, yayu wild forest Ethiopia

yellow plum
chewy toffee

gechi co-operative, yayu wild forest

Light Roast

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gechi co-operative, yayu wild forest, ethiopia

A delicious coffee bursting with citrus, yellow plum, a hint of matcha tea and chewy toffee

The Yayu Forest Reserve in south-west Ethiopia is one of the last and most important remaining places for the preservation of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica). This largely forested landscape is also a hotspot for biodiversity, with numerous rare plants and animals. Coffee farming generates up to 70% of the cash income for over 90% of the population at Yayu. However, many farmers in the area are struggling to make sufficient income from coffee, which leads to a conversion away from forest-based farming to non-forest crops, resulting in deforestation and biodiversity loss.

Darwin ProjectIn 2014 we started a collaborative project with Dr Aaron Davis (Head of Coffee Research, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and partners in Ethiopia, to work with the communities at Yayu. Our aim is to increase the income for Yayu farmers, via improvements in coffee quality and by providing access to market via direct trade. Through maintaining forest-based coffee farming systems we hope to stabilize deforestation and preserve biodiversity. The project also aims to better understand how Yayu farmers can make their coffee farms more resilient in to climate change.


gechi co-operative, illubabor, Ethiopia

The community of Gechi Co-operative, in Illubabor is connected to the natural resources through a system called Participatory Forest management which relates to the sustainable use of forest resources. They have been shown that with careful intervention, the forest produces an abundance of coffee, honey spices and other non-timber forest products. It was shown that the success of conserving the biodiversity depends on improving the livelihoods of the local community by sustainably managing these natural resources.

Managed forest production allows farmers in carefully allocated zones to gently prune the canopy without removing trees thus allowing more light down to the forest floor. Here the naturally occurring coffee seedlings that rise from coffee fruit scattered by animals and falling from mature trees are allowed to grow and become commercially productive. Union supports this by paying sustainable prices, this allows the community to successfully exploit the reserves without deforestation.



We aim to despatch all orders within 2 working days of receiving them. During peak mail order periods (for instance, Christmas or other promotional activities), this timeframe may be extended slightly, although every effort will be made to despatch your order as soon as possible. 

All our coffees are roasted to order so we require at least one working day before we can despatch your order



After listening to what many of our customers have told us they like (and don't like) we have made some changes to the way we charge you for delivery and how we send your orders. The good news is it should make it cheaper for you to receive our coffee and less likely you'll miss a delivery.

Standard delivery is charged at £2 per order (mainland UK)
For all orders over £40 (before delivery) or over 2KG in weight, delivery is FREE


Convenient Delivery packaging

In an effort to reduce wasteful packaging and also make delivery more convenient for you. If your order is 2 x 200g bags of coffee or less your delivery will be sent in a box designed to fit through your letterbox. So you no longer need to wait in for your Union Coffee delivery.
N.B not all letterboxes are made equal. Our boxes are designed to meet the Royal Mail letterbox guidelines, sadly this doesn't cover all letterboxes. We've discovered that older houses can often have unusual dimensions and the box may not fit through.


Our Couriers

For all 1 & 2 x 200g Coffee Orders your delivery will be sent First Class Royal Mail
For all Orders of 3 x 200g, 1kg, accessories and gifts are sent recorded delivery via UPS



We are happy to deliver to international addresses. Orders need to be placed with a valid postcode/zipcode to allow our couriers to locate and quote for correct shipping cost.

2016 prices up to 2kg

  Europe * International Zone 1 * International Zone 2 *
0 – 1000g             7.85 1305 18.50
1001g – 1500g             12.55 22.00 24.45
1501g – 2000g 23.00 50.00 70.00

For country zone list please click here.

If you would rather order by phone, please call the Roastery on +44 20 7474 8990 and we will happily take your order and quote for shipping if relevant.

Where goods are unavailable, or out of stock, Union Hand-Roasted will advise customers appropriately through the online shop or by email or phone where those have been provided with an order.
Re-orders of previous shipments can be done easily through the 'my account' section of the website. If one or more products is out of stock, the re-order link will not be visible. Please check individual products required, or select alternatives.

Our online shop no longer has a minimum transaction value.

Returns and refunds

If you are unsatisfied with the contents of your despatch you must contact us, either by telephone or email within 24 hours of receipt to inform us of your issue.

Union Hand-Roasted does not refund or exchange coffees, teas etc. if ordered incorrectly through our website.

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