ETHIOPIA

Our Coffees

Name Origin Processing Certification
Djimmah Grade 5 Djimmah Natural None Select
Sidamo Grade 2 Sidamo Washed None Select

More about Ethiopia

Ethiopia is often cited as the cradle of humankind, and the birthplace of coffee. A breathtakingly beautiful country, Ethiopia is one of the most ecologically and culturally diverse countries in the world. It is the one of the largest and most populated countries in Africa with over 100 languages spoken throughout the population, 80% of whom live rurally. Ethiopia is landlocked, bounded by Eritrea to the North, Djibouti to the northeast, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, and South Sudan and Sudan to the west. Its rich topography and diverse smallholder agricultural culture, alongside a robust coffee heritage, creates ideal conditions for some incredible coffee.

Annual production: 3.8 million bags
Altitude range: 1300 - 2200 masl
No coffee farmers: 700,000
Harvest times: October - January
Key growing regions: Sidamo, Harrar, Guji, Yirgacheffe, Jimma, Limu
Typical varieties: Heirloom
Grading system: Sold by region and Grades (1-9), with 1-2 as Specialty and 3-9 as Commercial
Processing type: Washed and Natural

Production Information

Today coffee is still grown predominantly in the wild and is cultivated amongst forest environments, which provides complexity in ecosystem and, therefore, quality. This is known as ‘forest coffee’, however coffee is also grown in cultivated ‘gardens’ and on some larger estates. Smallholder farmers account for 95% of production, each with little more than 1 hectare of land. Coffee in Ethiopia is classified by region and grade by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), as a part of quality assurance and marketing practices. The main coffee growing areas are Lekempt, Jimma, Limu, Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Guji and Harrar, which stretch throughout the southern parts of the country. Each of these regions comprise numerous ‘woredas’, or districts, and ‘kebeles’, towns. Dotted throughout Ethiopia’s kebeles are washing stations where smallholders deliver coffee cherries and whose name most coffee is marketed under. Most varieties cultivated in Ethiopia are referred to as Heirloom Varieties, those that have developed over many, many years in the natural forest environments. Certain larger farms have started to cultivate single varieties, notably Geisha and Moka.

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