Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee!
We joined the 9th EAFCA trade show in Addis Ababa together with GRAIN PRO, which gave us some good exposure into Ethiopia and other African markets, as well a good feeling for East Africa’s quality conscious approach.
Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia about 2,000 years ago. Legend has it that an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi witnessed the energized behavior of his goats after they ate the berries of a coffee tree. Often feeling tired from his hard work, one day Kaldi tried the berries and discovered their unusual properties. Monks in a local monastery eventually turned this discovery into a beverage.
Today, the famous growing regions such as Yirgacheffee, Sigamo or Limu produce some of the best coffee in the world, arguably even the best there is. Ethiopia is the worlds 7th largest producer of coffee and Africa’s top producer.
When you visit Ethiopia, then you will most certainly be invited to at least one coffee ceremony during your stay. This cultural even is not just about drinking coffee, it is a traditional experience and ritual not to be missed.
Ethiopia is simply an absolute must visit for any serious coffee lover out there…
Download our Ethiopian coffee ceremony picture guide here