Coffee Destinations: Ethiopia

December 28, 2021 2 min read

ethiopian coffee farmer picking coffee cherries

Known for its incredible geographical location, Ethiopia boasts landscapes of beauty. From mountain ranges to plateaus and high valleys, the region is incredible breathtaking. Ethiopia is treasured as being the birthplace of coffee and beans found in this region are some of the most sought after. With exceptional climate and natural surroundings, sweet Arabica beans naturally grow in the country's forests. Today, it is one of the main coffee sourcing regions of the world. 


From the Archives

Our founder, Kirk's experience in Ethiopia as he searched for the most incredible coffees you know and love today.


coffee beans on ethiopian map

History of Ethiopia

This beautiful region is the very place where coffee cultivation began. While there are many legends that exist, the most widely told story is that of the goat herd, Kaldi who observed his goats change in behavior after eating bright berries. He tried a few berries himself which added to his liveliness. However, it is said that native mountain tribes discovered the stimulating effects of the coffee bean centuries ago when only the berries were consumed. Ethiopian beans were later spread by Sufi Islam into the Middle East, popularizing the caffeinated drink.

Rituals & Ceremonies

Coffee in this part of the world is dotted with sacred coffee ceremonies performed multiple times a day. In the ceremonies, the woman of the household will light incense and prepare, roast, grind, and boil the coffee in an elaborate show for her guest. After the initial serving, two additional servings are taken, each weaker than the next. It is believed that coffee’s spiritual properties cause a spiritual transformation during this process.


Coffee Culture

"Buna dabo nawa," a popular Ethiopian saying that means "coffee is our bread," encompasses the true role coffee plays within the culture. Not only is coffee widely enjoyed, more than a lifestyle, it is their form of expression.

In Ethiopia, coffee is typically served unfiltered without milk or cream. In some regions sweetener, salt, cardamom, and even coffee cherries are added.

Elephants in Ethiopia

Experience the taste of Ethiopia in some of our roasts. Try it in our newest limited edition coffee, Ethiopia KochereDark Roast and Moka Java, both are also available in our Dark Roast Variety Pack. If you are an espresso drinker, experience Ethiopia in our Luminary.



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