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February 14, 2019
Category: in Ethiopia
Remarks on Ethiopia, Feb 14th, 2019 Crop to Cup Importers and a few roaster friends from Ohio, California, Texas and Louisiana just returned from a successful trip in the South and West growing regions of Ethiopia. Here I (Taylor) will share a bit about the lessons we learned on the farms and at our 2019 Trade Partners Conference attended by over 40 producers and roasters, and what we’ll have to show for it in the form of 2019 offers. For us roasters or importers Ethiopia can feel like a dreamscape. The diversity in flavor profiles, farm styles and processing traditions (plus the resulting myriad quality levels) is unparalleled in the coffee producing world. To this mix add a few recent years of drastic change in government...
Converting Export to Farm-Gate Price with Kata Maduga in Ethiopia     2018 Kata Maduga Income, Cost and Profit Distribution (an example)                 On average farmers in Africa only expect to capture 61% of export income. This is due to poor outturns, export inefficiencies and the number of middle-men small farmers required to get smallholder coffees to market. In Latin America the average capture is 87%, showing incredibly efficient export processes (13% cost and loss), and integration of farming up through value-added processing, sometimes all the way to export.                             In search of better prices, a number of Western Ethiopian Cooperatives split off from the Oromia Union to represent themselves through...

September 06, 2018
Category: in Ethiopia
Ignorant Impressions of Ethiopia Ignorant Impressions Ethiopia 2017 Jake Elster, Crop to Cup Coffee Importers              You are only allowed to be ignorant once, so you better make the most of it. Ignorance is an incredible state to be in for experiencing new people and places. If you don’t know, you don’t have any choice but to take each person and idea as novel, as if it were new. The downside to adulting is that you aren’t often allowed to come across as a child. Maybe this is why you don’t see as many full-sized humans awestruck as often as this world warrants. At some point, growing up, you’re just supposed to just know already. Ergo, when you come across that rare first, you have...

January 24, 2018
Category: in Ethiopia
Western Ethiopia in 4 Days Western Ethiopia in Four Days Jimma, Keffa, Limu – this is coffee country. Every community has a different claim to being the birthplace of coffee, and backs it up by producing some of the world’s best coffees every year. This is not Sidama or Yirgacheffe, this is Ethiopia’s wild west. Lower producing farms are spread out over larger areas, oftentimes overlapping or fully within large swaths of protected forest. Land ownership is an issue here, as estates bring in outsiders but bring roads, jobs, housing and schools. Smallholders are in an interesting position to gain from new laws allowing for more direct export as some of the country’s top cooperatives unite under the new Kata Maduga Union to triple their income...
INTRODUCING BIFTU GUDINA  World class coffee from Ethiopia's Agaro Region Biftu Gudina Cooperative operates in a remote pocket of the Agaro Region in Western Ethiopia.  There are no all-season roads, so as recently as 2012 farmers would walk their cherries over 5 miles to the nearest town, Beshesha.  On the way, cherry would bruise, break and over-ferment resulting in poor prices.  When the Coop was founded in '12 it immediately built a wet-mill and constructed a gravel road connecting the mill to Beshesha - with assistance from Technoserve.  Today 155 members within a 2.5 mile radius deliver cherry to their own washing station.  Meticulous processing leads to a floral, bright, honeyed cup that shines as an example of world-class coffee from Ethiopia’s western...
Ethiopia: After the Harvest   Resa Cooperative in Wenango District of Ethiopia - in the Off-Season. This farm truck sits in front of the storage barn / dry mill for the 2,700 farmer-strong, Yirgecheffee Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union Member. As one of the more competitive coffee origins in the world, most purchasing in Ethiopia is done before the first cherries are picked. Buyers line up contracts with their exporters, who in turn, are waiting for the bell to ring on the ECX floor in Jan, to secure volume and fulfill their contracts for the buying season. This is how most business is done. If importers aren’t working through an exporter who buys off the ECX, they’re purchasing through a Union. Of over 300 unions registered...
March 13, 2013
Category: in Ethiopia Travel and Program Updates
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It's been a truly magical experience in Ethiopia this past week. Here, in the birthplace of coffee, hundreds of thousands of completely wild coffee trees grow under the cover of dense forest towering hundreds of feet overhead. We coffee sourcers often like to talk about the pleasures of visiting a perfectly managed coffee farm (properly pruned and mulched, spacing between trees, carefully planned shade trees, etc) but never could we have imagined the joy of walking through a dense forest of coffee trees growing wild without human assistance, going on for miles and miles and hours and hours of driving and trekking. We're in the Jimma area of Ethiopia's Oromia State, meeting with the farmers and organizers behind the Belete-Gera Participatory...