Ethiopia

The birthplace of coffee

Ethiopia brings forth complex flavor profiles that are hard to find elsewhere. Known for its plentiful mountain ranges and plateaus, it offers the perfect growing environment. It is intriguing to find out is that all Arabica coffee around the world originates from Ethiopian coffee varieties.

With a rich coffee history that began more than 500 years ago, various legends tell us the story of coffees birth – all testifying to the fact that coffee has unbreakable ties with Ethiopian culture. The traditional roasted coffee ceremony alone gives us insight into Ethiopia’s deep bond with Arabica coffee.

The Ethiopian Flavor Profile

A typical Ethiopian flavor profile is hard to depict because of the range in varieties, but during our daily cupping we normally find a clean fruity/winey cup with high acidity and floral notes. The complexity of Ethiopian coffee lies in the fact that each smallholder could cultivate its own unique variety – resulting in a collection of small unique batches that blend into a colourful mélange.

Characteristics of Ethiopian coffee

Essentially, most Ethiopian coffee we drink is a blend, but for the purists, its possible to find single varieties as well. The reason for this is the diversity in coffee varieties, it is estimated that Ethiopia has between six and ten thousand. This implies that each village or town could host its own unique variety. All these unspecified varieties are marked as ‘Mixed heirloom varieties‘. Dega, Kurume and Wholiso are examples of well-known ancient varieties that earned a name for themselves.

Ethiopia’s coffee industry is dependant on numerous coffee smallholders, usually entire families that cultivate between 0,8 and 2 hectares. These smallholders deliver their ripened cherries directly to local washing, milling and drying stations – unlike other smallholders in the coffee industry that deliver in parchment.

Adding value in Ethiopia

Since 2003, we have dedicated ourselves to discovering unique organic specialty coffees from Ethiopia. Through trial and error filled with entrepreneurial spirit, we’ve developed several supply chains that channel fully traceable Ethiopian coffees with unique identities. We’ve established an office in Addis Ababa, through which we are able to maintain quality control within each supply chain.

Coffee Regions
of Ethiopia

The ‘Coffee Regions of Ethiopia’ map displays the states of Oromia, SNNPR, and Gambella – where practically all Ethiopian cherries are harvested. From there on, you will find the politically defined zones, woredas, and the coffee growing regions of Ethiopia – that often overlap politically defined borders. Download the map, and discover coffees birthplace.

Trabocca is very serious about quality control and brought us to the level at which we are now – where we are very proud of our product.

Tesfaye Bekele - Suke Quto Farm, Ethiopia