Great Beans, Great Cups

ROMINA COFFEE

Romina Coffee
Coffee in Ethiopia

Since its discovery, coffee in Ethiopia has transcended its status as a mere beverage. It has become an almost inseparable part of daily Ethiopian life. Ethiopia contributes just 3 percent to the global coffee market, yet it provides over 15 million jobs locally. When we launched our business in 2009, our vision was to innovate in an industry that we believed represented more than just an export commodity. We see coffee as one of life’s little luxuries; a catalyst for meaningful social interactions and a source of inspiration for millions worldwide.

Since its inception, Romina Coffee has been dedicated to not only upholding Ethiopia’s esteemed reputation in the coffee world but also surpassing it.

Modern
Romina Coffee aims to maintain its status as an exemplary, well-structured, and premium coffee exporter, offering a complete variety of Arabica coffee produced in Ethiopia.
Exporting
Over the years, we have established Romina PLC as a renowned exporter of high-quality coffee in major markets across Europe, the USA, Asia, and the Middle East.
Spreading the magic beans across continents
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The beans that make great cups of coffee

We operate coffee washing and drying plants in all coffee-growing regions of Ethiopia, including Sidamo, Limmu, Yirgachefe, Guji, and Nekempte, with an annual production capacity of 3000-3500 tons. Understanding the importance of exceptional coffee, we strive to deliver beans that honor the legacy of Ethiopian coffee. We achieve this by ensuring that everyone involved in the process shares our passion for coffee. We meticulously source the finest beans to create exceptional cups of coffee. Over the years, the Romina name has become synonymous with high-quality Ethiopian Coffee.

24 Mill Stations
Our stations are situated in key coffee-producing regions of the country, well known for their advantageous altitudes. These sites are equipped with machinery that process and wash coffee.
22,600 farmers
We work with 22,600 farmers that supply us with coffee beans that vary in taste and profile across stations.
3,170 smallholder coffee farmers
We are partnered with more than 3,170 smallholder coffee farmers to produce specialty coffee in the Oromia regional state at Anfilo and Nansabo.
7 Certified Stations
Out of the 22 wet mill stations, seven produce specialty coffee which earned various certifications (Cafe Practice, Organic, Rainforest, Fair Trade, and UTZ certificates).
Guaranteed
COFFEE QUALITY

After purchasing, processing, and delivering the coffee to our stores, we conduct cupping tests on each batch to identify the perfect match for every flavor profile in our liquor unit. Our strict standards and procedures guarantee that each batch we offer is tailored to suit our specific markets. We implement global quality assurance standards in our facilities and carefully handpick the beans to eliminate any imperfections.

Traceability
TRACEABILITY SETS US APART

Our sophisticated tracking systems enable us to trace the entire journey of our coffee from the farm to the cup. We have the capability to access tracking data at any given time, capturing every crucial detail up to the point of delivery. Additionally, among our 24 wet mill stations, nine are dedicated to producing specialty coffee that holds prestigious certifications like Cafe Practice, Organic, Rainforest, AAA, and Fair Trade.

Smallholder Coffee Farmers
Wet Mill Stations

We operate 24 wet mill stations in the largest coffee-producing regions across the country, strategically located at optimal altitudes to nurture coffee beans. Each location specializes in a type of coffee that exhibits unique characteristics and flavor profiles.

We collaborate with over 30,000 farmers who cultivate beans with diverse flavor profiles across the 24 wet mill stations. Additionally, Romina has partnered with more than 6,000 smallholder coffee farmers to assist them in producing specialty coffee in the Oromia regional state, including Guji, Dimtu, Anfilo, and Nansabo. The coffee produced in Guji and Nansabo areas is graded equivalently to Yirgachefe and Sidama coffee, respectively.

Our facilities are fully equipped with coffee processing and washing machinery, as well as other innovative infrastructure, ensuring that our coffee processing is both productive and efficient while maintaining the highest quality standards. Upon purchasing, processing, and delivering coffee to our stores, we conduct cup tests on each batch to determine the ideal customers for every flavor profile in our liquor unit. We adhere to rigorous standards and procedures, guaranteeing that each batch we provide is indeed the best for our specific markets. Our plants follow global standard quality assurance practices, including hand-picking to ensure the removal of imperfect beans.

We aim to increase the production capacity of each wet mill stations we work with. We work with farmers in Sidama (Chiri, Bensa, Bona Zuriya, Aroresa and Wensho Wereda), to ensure every coffee bean we produce is of the best quality. Each site (see table below) is financed at different capacities to further control the quality of the beans. These investment guarantee that farmers focus on the quality of the output.

List of Mill stations
Corporate Social Responsibility

We  also  see  coffee  as the biggest opportunity to make  positive  impact  across  the farming community. Ethiopia produces only 3 percent from  the world’s coffee market. This is partly because, while the Ethiopian lands are favourable  for coffee cultivation, we still have a long way to go  in terms of production volume. This is something that can be remedied with the proper  training and accreditation that can enhance  the average  Ethiopian coffee farmer’s capacity.

Part of what hampers development in the Ethiopian Coffee market is the lack of proper knowledge transfer. It’s what keeps  our country from increasing production capacity and quality. Training is also something Romina believes in and something that has to be accessible to the small holder farmers. This is why when we partner with farmers, we ensure  that each  farmer goes through  several  trainings. In addition  to training, we provide farmers  disease  resistant variety  coffee  seedlings  and  shade  trees  free  of charge to allow them to have constant business across the agricultural year. Similarly, we  buy the beans  with higher pricing schemes that safeguard  the farmers earnings. This is in addition to a percentage once  sales have been completed.

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Contact: Kumlachew Mulugeta

kumlachew@rominaplc.com
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