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Do you love travelling?

Ethiopian coffee

I love to travel too and it is so easy to travel all around the world trying and tasting different origins of coffee. There are more that 70 countries and regions producing unique remarkable coffee.

I will try to introduce to you some of the most popular and worth trying origins of coffee. Most commonly the coffee-growing regions are grouped as follows:

  • Africa
  • Central America and Caribbean
  • South America
  • South Pacific and South-east Asia

The main coffee producing countries in Africa

Being the birth place of the coffee, Africa produces some of the world’s finest coffee. However, the coffee growing is often disrupted by social, economical or political problems problems.

Green coffee from Ethiopia

Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of the coffee and has long history in coffee production. Still, the coffee processed today by many villagers is picked off wild bushes.  Ethiopia is a significant coffee producer, despite the extremely difficult conditions and periodic droughts. In fact, in January 2012 the International Coffee Organization announced that the Ethiopian Coffee Production Exceeds Expectations by 1 million bags for 2010-11 to reach 134.2 million bags.

The regions growing the best coffee beans are Sidamo, Kaffa, Harrar and Wellega. Traditionally, in each region part of the coffee produced  is unwashed (naturals) and the other part is washed. The naturals are described as wild and gamey in flavor, extremely interesting, but not always relished. The best known unwashed coffee are Harrar (long and short berry, often described as with blueberry note), Djimmah and Ghimbi. The highest grade of exported naturals is 4, while the finest washed coffee comes from Etiopian as grade 2.

Ethiopian villageThe washed Ethiopian coffee beans (Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Limu) typically have full body with light fruitiness (lemony, delicate, winey).

Due to the delicate flavors, it is never wise to roast Ethiopian beans dark.

In appearance, the beans are unimpressive – oval-shaped with pointed and/or rounded ends. The naturals are slightly bigger than the washed.

Amongst the coffee lovers the most appreciated Ethiopian beans is undoubtedly Yirgacheffe. If you ever come across one you should certainly try it!


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