If you love arabica coffee beans, you may be interested in knowing that Ethiopia is where this type of coffee plant originates. Coffee plays an integral role in maintaining the economy of Ethiopia because around 60% of international revenue is generated from coffee. In fact, it is estimated that at least 15 million Ethiopians rely on the coffee industry to make a living.

When looking at coffee production from a global perspective, Ethiopia is the world’s seventh largest producer of coffee. If looking at just Africa, Ethiopia is the country’s top coffee producer. In addition to Ethiopia generating a lot of coffee, the country itself consumes quite a bit since half of its production is consumed by its citizens. The other half of the coffee production is divided between the European Union (50%) East Asia (25%) and North America (25%).

Ethiopian coffee beans are quite popular because of their fruity flavors. As discussed in our previous post, fruity coffees are often processed naturally through a drying method. Ethiopian coffee is still cultivated and dried by hand, so it is no surprise that the coffee is incredibly aromatic with hints of both blueberries and blackberries.

Ethiopian coffee beans are arabica and can be separated into three different groups including Mocha, Longberry and Shortberry. The mocha variety is highly valued especially the Mocha Haras, which is famous for its peaberry beans. The mocha variety is also extremely

flavorful because it has undertones of chocolate, spice and citrus. Longberry, with its larger beans, is thought to be of the best quality while shortberry varieties are viewed as a quality bean in the area they originate from in Eastern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia also offers a handful of regional varieties that are kept separate. The regional varieties have different flavors and have trademarked names with the rights owned by Ethiopia. The regional varieties include coffee grown in the Harar, Limu, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe regions of Ethiopia.

 

If interested in trying Ethiopian coffee beans, try Ethiopia from Muddy Waters Coffee Co.!

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