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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Small Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia

Small Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia

Small Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia

Coffee exports account for a third of Ethiopia's total export income. Small farmers grow 94% of all Ethiopian coffee beans that creates more than any other country a wide diversity among its coffee varieties, with each kind having a unique flavor and smell.

The African country of Ethiopia manufactures the for the most part the most distinctive and captivating coffees on the plant. The main coffee growing regions where Ethiopian coffee beans originate are Harrar, Ghimbi, and Sidamo also known as Yirgacheffe. 

Ethiopian Yirgacheffee coffee may also be labeled as Sidamo, which is the district where it is produced. The Ethiopian Yirgacheffee coffee bean is the most favored coffee grown in southern Ethiopia and is serene and aromatic.

Ethiopian Harrar coffee beans are grown on small farms in the eastern part of the country. They are dry-processed and are labeled as longberry, shortberry, or peaberry.

Ethiopian Harrar coffee can have a strong dry edge, winy to fruit like acidity, rich aroma, and a heavy body. Ethiopian Harrar coffee is frequently used in espresso blends.

Ghimbi is a bold strong bean that is processed using the wet-processed and dry-processed methods. Gimbi is also the name a town in western Ethiopia in the West Wollega Region, Oromia, Ethiopia.

Ethiopian coffee is one of the most popular coffee origins in the world. Ethiopia is indeed the birthplace of coffee. Ethiopia currently has an estimated population of 94 million people with 15 million or 16% of the population depends on coffee for their means of income. 

Coffee is Ethiopia's most important cash crop and largest export commodity. In 2001, Ethiopian Federal Cooperative Commission opened its coffee export market to direct participation of farming communities. What does that mean? It means, coffee grower cooperatives can sell directly to export markets allowing their unions to negotiate Fair-trade agreements, research and comprehensive training and education for Ethiopian cooperative leaders, particularly women and youths.

Africa is very vulnerable to the current climate variability including the recurrent droughts and floods. In 2003, coffee prices plummeted to their lowest levels in Ethiopian coffee history. With small farmers, producing 94% of all Ethiopian coffee beans your morning cup of coffee is supporting millions. Raise a cup in support of small coffee farmers in Ethiopia today.

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