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Blog posts tagged in Ethiopia

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...
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...