July 9, 2021

Ethiopian Coffee

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In Ethiopian culture, coffee production dates back many centuries ago. The country is where the Coffea Arabica plant originates from and produces 3% of global market share for today’s world.  Coffee is an essential part of Ethiopian life, playing a role in the country's economy and culture. Coffee beans have been cultivated for centuries by Ethiopians who depend on coffee production to make their living from it.

For many years, Ethiopia have been the world's best-reviewed single-origin premium coffee beans. As the 5th largest coffee producer in the world, they are masters of harvesting and processing their delicious flavour profiles that will make you want to drink more than one cup!

Ethiopians have the perfect environment for growing coffee. The prime conditions of high elevation and mountainous terrain make Ethiopia a suitable place to grow amazing coffees with more than 1,000varietals that are grown naturally in their region. Coffee trees prevalently thrive when they're surrounded by other plants without being treated with chemicals

3 coffee production methods

There are 3 coffee production methods are used in Ethiopia:

  • Forest Coffees: The beans in ForestCoffees are wild-grown and harvested by the locals.
  • Garden Coffees: The Garden Coffee technique is more popular for production of coffee in Ethiopia, with smaller plots being used to grow these crops as opposed to a larger amount of spacetaken up by traditional practices.
  • Plantation Coffees. Plantation coffees are beans grown on large estates. Only a small percentage of Ethiopian coffee is harvested this way.

Flavour profile

Ethiopian beans are known for their winey quality and bright mouthfeel. They typically have a light to medium body, higher acidity, and complex flavour notes. Most of the coffees from Ethiopia come naturally processed which means that they are dried with the cherry fruit still attached to the coffee bean giving it fruity or wine-like tones as well as brighter acids.


The three regions where coffee is produced and sold are Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, and Harrar. Each region produces its own distinct flavour profile.

Yirgacheffe coffee beans have been rated as the highest quality Arabica beans in the world. They are incredibly fragrant with a light to medium body and sweet, fruity flavour that has won them fame for their delicious taste. Yirgacheffe coffees cost more than regular grade because they're premium-grade; however this is worth it!

Sidamo beans often hailed as the best Ethiopian coffee bean because of their rich mouthfeel and sweet taste.Because of their flavour consistency, they are the favourite bean for many coffee roasters.

Harrar beans are the heavy-bodied, spicy and fragrant type of coffee that produce a bright cup with floral acidity. When brewed Harrar is often described as "wild" or "jammy", which brings to mind blackberries.