Unrivaled Diversity and Potential. Not only the birthplace of the Arabica coffee species, Ethiopia could also be said to be the birthplace of Africa’s coffee geography. From its high altitude plateaus and peaks and surrounded by neighbor nations Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and Eritria, the country descends into the Great Rift Valley, thus beginning the lands of other great coffee giants, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and more.
Ethiopia always seems to be a country that needs little introduction when it comes to coffee. Its regions – Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Jimma, Harar just to name a few – are well known even to general consumers, and its cup profiles – deep blueberry, to intense spice, to bright lemon – always make for an exciting cupping table. With this in mind, one would think that Ethiopia is an exporter and roaster’s paradise. But try to really do business there and you find that this is one of the most complex, vast and difficult coffee origins to navigate. Many Ethiopians have built small fortunes on the success of nearly perfect coffees, or on the volumes and trading security of the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). Travelling throughout the villages and many milling cities, however, one still finds extreme levels of poverty, poorly maintained farms and a lack of follow-through on processing and handling.
Luckily, farmers across the country are passionate about building strong relationships and improving coffee year over year, and the land could not be more full of potential. Through all the complexities of Ethiopia, we have been able to source some of our most unique and highest quality coffees – we hope you will join us on this exciting journey.