Insight on Ethiopian Coffee

Ethiopia is the largest coffee-producing nation in Africa, and the 5th largest in the world, Ethiopian loves coffee a lot as they internally consume half of their production, exporting only 3.5 million bags out of the 6.6 million produced.

Ethiopians produced some of the best single-origin coffee in the world, Ethiopian communist has a strong cultural tradition wherein important occasion or events are opened with various Ethiopian coffee drinks.  The coffee party is usually followed by a big party. Coffee beans are roasted in front of the guests while the head of festivals smokes throughout the room. Jebena - clay coffee maker - is used to make coffee before serving with sugar or salt, depending on the region of Ethiopia. Popcorn is often served with coffee, and the traditional coffee party includes incense burning.

There are countless Ethiopian coffee brands among the choices, which makes it difficult to know where to start. We have compiled a list of five of the best Ethiopian coffees that we think any coffee lover will appreciate

  •   Yirgacheffe Birhanu, available as whole bean coffee and ground coffee. It considered by many as one of the best coffee in the world.
  •   Bekama Solinté : Taste: Sweet, notes of blueberry, banana, slight chocolate 
  •   Wild Sidamo; this coffee as a rich, notes fruit and berries 
  •   Yirgacheffe this a little bit complex with a taste of fruit and wine.
  •   Organic Sidamo  taste includes Earthy, notes of blueberry, wine & slight almond

Ancient Ethiopian history claims that the Ethiopian goat farmer, Kaldi, discovered coffee and its magical benefits around 850 AD. Legend has it that he discovered his goats eating coffee from trees and dancing brutally. He was so fascinated by these "magic" pills that he brought home, the history has two sides. Either way, we have an Ethiopian goat herder to thank for our morning cup of coffee. 

There is more than 1,000 genetics of known coffee in Ethiopia. This number is mouthwatering, especially since the closest country in terms of diversity or coffee varieties is Colombia, with about 30 known species. More shockingly, there are still thousands of Ethiopian coffees to learn about. The vast majority of Ethiopian coffee is harvested from the wild or grown on small farms, only 20% of which are for commercial use. You might be wondering was special in the Ethiopian coffee, apart for been considered as the birthplace of coffee it also has one of the best species of coffee all over the world, T (there are thousands), mostly wild and/or undocumented so the range of flavors has the potential to be much greater. We can overemphasize the effect of coffee in the Ethiopian economy, around 60% of foreign income is generated from coffee, and an estimated 15 million of the population rely on some aspect of coffee production for their livelihood.

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