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Ethiopia: The Origin of Coffee

Ethiopia is the historical birthplace of coffee. Ethiopian coffee is divinely fresh, especially in the beginning of their season, and is available in various forms. The flavors of Ethiopian coffee are profoundly amazing, especially in the peak harvest season. 


Both dry processed coffee and wash beans are available in coffee producing regions. Farmers supply washed coffee beans from August through December. Dry coffee is available, usually from October to March. Export coffee is available all year round. Nearly 12,000,000 coffee workers are needed to tend coffee farms. The major coffee growing regions include Harar, Bebeka, Limmu, Sidamo, Lekempti, and Djimmah. 


Bench Maji is a sweet coffee offered from Gesha coffee region. It is sweet and contains cantaloupe, papaya, and peach scents. The coffee is dense and very aromatic. It is very interesting in flavor and worth a try for coffee lovers.


Gera Jimma is another sweet clean flavored coffee. When the coffee is dry, it contains a sweet honey smell mixed with jasmine. It also has a hint of peach in it. The light roasts of this coffee are nice and juicy in flavor. They provide a very nicely structured pleasure to the pallet. This Ethiopian coffee is very distinguishable from other coffees offered.


Cheffe is a fairly new coffee exported from Ethiopia. It has fruity smell and taste. The fruity tones give a sense of strawberry and peach-mango flavor. Lighter roasts are mellower in flavor, while darker roasts are more berry-flavored. The coffee holds a very exotic flavor, and is another wonderful experience.


Guji Suke Quto is a sure delight for individuals who prefer the morning or afternoon coffee. It has a note of ginger and herbs with a floral tone. The flavor contains a slight sweetness along with full flavor. 


Coffee produced in Ethiopia is unique, and offers a new experience for those outside the area. Ethiopians work hard and take pride in providing coffee from one of the leading supply area. Africa is the second largest producer for coffee supply in the world. 


Learning more about coffees from Ethiopian culture is also very intriguing and educational. Coffee is a part of everyday life in the community. It plays a ceremonial part in everyday life of Ethiopians. While touring the area, it is a wonderful sight to see the workers washing the beans as well as roasting them. These days, coffee customs are done traditionally in the area, as well as in a more modern fashion.3