Ethiopian Coffee

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and it's a solid favorite when you ask for people's favorite origin. The genetic diversity of Ethiopian coffee is huge and this variety brings with it amazing flavors. With the recent changes to the ECX (the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange) we are better able to trace each lot which is a huge win for speciality coffee. With this increased transparency Ethiopian coffee is only going to get better.

The Origin of Coffee

The coffea arabica plant is native to southwestern Ethiopia's highlands, and coffee cultivation has been a part of local peoples' traditions for centuries. The apocryphal story of coffee's discovery details an Ethiopian goatherder that, after noticing the energizing effect of the plant's cherries on his flock, brewed the first cup of coffee. Several popular versions of this story exist and none can be verified, but the significance of coffee in the region is undisputable. The coffee ceremony is a time-honored ritual in Ethiopian households, and almost half of Ethiopian coffee is produced for domestic consumption.

Ethiopian Coffee Regions

Coffee is a very popular crop in Ethiopia that is grown in much of the country, but a few specific growing areas have become known for the unique flavors and high overall quality of their coffee. These areas include Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, and Guji - which are all located in south-central Ethiopia's highlands. The key factors in the quality of coffees from these regions can be attributed to the high altitude and rich soils of the regions that are perfect for coffee plants to thrive. Producers in the area have also spent generations growing and processing specialty coffee, leading to a community of farmers passionate about quality at every stage of production.

What is Ethiopian Heirloom?

When enjoying Ethiopian coffee, you'll often come across beans with the varietal listed as "Ethiopian Heirloom." Since Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, there are thousands of different naturally occuring mutations and variations of the coffea arabica plant. "Ethiopian Heirloom" is a catch-all term signifying that your beans are a mix of these local varietals. This genetic diveristy of plants gives Ethiopian coffee a wide range of flavors, making for an exciting adventure in each cup!

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Read more about Ethiopian coffee in Sean's first Origin Report about his January 2019 visit to Guji, Ethiopia!

Ethiopian Coffee Available Now

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Citrus, Honey, Black Tea

Sidama, Ethiopia

Hunkute 2021

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Passionfruit, Berry, Vanilla

Bombe, Ethiopia

Bombe # 1

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Lime, Floral, Apple

Sidamo, Ethiopia

Bensa #2

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Plum, Vanilla, Spice

West Arsi, Ethiopia

Nensebo #1

Los

Cranberry, Lime, Caramel

Atitlan, Guatemala

Los Andes Java

Chelbesa

Plum, Floral, Grape

Gedeb, Ethiopia

Chelbesa # 6

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Citrus, Floral, Black Tea

Bale Mountain, Ethiopia

Riripa #2

Bedessa

Apple, Bergamot, Floral

Guji, Ethiopia

Bedessa # 1

Past Ethiopian Coffee

Nensebo

Stonefruit, Jasmine, Caramel

West Arsi, Ethiopia

Nensebo Refisa

Gesha

Lemon, Raspberry, Sugar

Bench Maji, Ethiopia

Tasting Series: Dimma Gesha

Bangi

Cherry, Tropical, Jasmine

Bench Maji, Ethiopia

MB1: Bangi Gesha

Yabitu

Loquat, Strawberry, Cola

Yabitu Koba Lot 1

Yabitu

Mango, Peach, Cane Sugar

Yabitu Koba Lot 2

Uraga

Tasting Notes: Peach, Lemon, Black Tea

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Uraga Samii

Boji

Tasting Notes: Jasmine, Plum, Orange

Boji, Ethiopia

Boji Magarrisa

Mokonisa

Tasting Notes: Lemon, Floral, Grapefruit

Dimtu, Ethiopia

Mokonisa Bulga

Dimtu

Tasting Notes: Apple, Pear, Berry

Guji, Ethiopia

Dimtu Haro #1

Qore

Tasting Notes: Floral, Plum, Granola

Kochere, Ethiopia

Qore Kelloo

Adola

Tasting Notes: Mango, Lemon, Lavender

Guji, Ethiopia

Adola Samii

Shembati

Tasting Notes: Currant, Blueberry, Sugar

Kayanza, Burundi

Shembati #1

Uraga2

Tasting Notes: Rose, Honey, Lemon

Guji, Ethiopia

Uraga #2

Deri

Tasting Notes: Berry, Black Tea, Cherry

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Deri Kidame

Banko

Strawberry, Honey, Floral

Gedeb, Ethiopia

Banko Gotiti

Gute

Chocolate, Apricot, Molasses

Guji, Ethiopia

Gute Sodu

Suke

Peach, Honey, Sweet Cream

Guji, Ethiopia

Suke Quto

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Strawberry, Chocolate, Marshmallow

Sidama, Ethiopia

Shantawene

Bangi

Cherry, Jasmine, Tropical

Bench Maji, Ethiopia

Tasting Series: Bangi Gesha

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Citrus, Peach, Floral

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Dhilgee #4

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Peach, Cocoa, Spice

West Arsi, Ethiopia

Nensebo #2

Notissa

Tasting Notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Funk

<b>Dimtu, Ethiopia</b>

Notissa

Boji

Tasting Notes: Stonefruit, Black Tea, Honey

Boji, Ethiopia

Boji Kelloo #4

Konga

Tasting Notes: Orange, Floral, Smooth

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Konga Sede

Bale

Tasting Notes: Papaya, Strawberry, Citrus

Arsi, Ethiopia

Bale Mountain

Chelbesa

Tasting Notes: Orange, Cocoa, Caramel

Chelbesa, Ethiopia

Chelbesa Lot 4

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Peach, Citrus, Brown Sugar

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Worka

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Black Tea, Peach, Chocolate

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Konga Kelloo #5

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Stonefruit, Cocoa, Floral

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Haru #3

Tebe

Chocolate, Berry, Floral

Uraga, Ethiopia

Tebe Taye Decaf

Layo

Honey, Jasmine, Peach

Guji, Ethiopia

Layo Teraga

Raro

Black Tea, Bergamot, Floral

Raro, Ethiopia

Raro Lot 3

Don

Finca La Loma

Finca La Loma

Ethiopia

Lime, Rose, Black tea, Blackberry

Aroresa - Ethiopia Sidama

Bokasso

Tasting Notes: Berry, Floral, Melon

Sidama, Ethiopia

Bokasso

Gesha

Raspberry, Lemonade, Sugar

Bench Maji, Ethiopia

MB2: Dimma Gesha