If you enjoy coffee, you must try Ethiopian coffee. Where should you begin with so many options? This book will teach you about the greatest Ethiopian coffee beans, areas, and processes. Ethiopia is the home of coffee and offers some of the most vibrant tastes on the planet. There are between 6,000 and 10,000 different sorts of Ethiopian coffee, but they are mainly defined by area, altitude, and cupping score rather than type.

Where Did Coffee Come From?

Is it true that coffee originated in Ethiopia? Yes, the coffee plant originated in Kaffa, which is located in southern Ethiopia.TheKafa Biosphere Reserve is located in Ethiopia’s Kafa Zone. This is where coffee was found for the first time. It is also home to about 5,000 wild Arabica coffee varieties.

Ethiopian Coffee Brands and Trademarks

Ethiopian coffee producers, importers, and even the Ethiopian single-origin coffee national government has formed networks, branding programmes, and trademarks to promote and preserve the product’s distinctiveness.

Ethiopian Geography and Coffee Development

The coffee plants that grow naturally are known as “heritage kinds” because of their long history of thriving in a near-perfect natural environment that appears to be designed to grow coffee. The soil in which they flourish is just acidic enough for the plants to survive. Ethiopia, with its high elevations in hilly places and just the right quantity of rain, is the ideal spot for coffee to grow.


This is the place where coffee is thought to have originated. It is cultivated in the highlands at elevations ranging from 4,920 to 7,220 feet above sea level. This indicates the beans are “strictly high-grown” (SHG) and have had more time to acquire nutrients from the soil, which might result in a particular taste character. Sidamo’s coffee beans include citrus, berry, and lemon flavours, giving them a more acidic flavour while maintaining a medium body. Please keep in mind that Sidamo contains Yirgacheffe and Guji coffee, if you ever see those sold as areas in their own right.


Ethiopian coffee is normally offered as a single origin per area-Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Harrar, and so on-however the lowest cost ones can be included in blends. Several Ethiopian coffees have previously been included in the Starbucks Reserve programme. In general, customers prefer to buy their coffee from a source that can roast the coffee fresh and order the whole bean. Coffees that have been roasted or pre-ground and are sitting on shop shelves or at distribution centres (e.g., Amazon, grocery stores) lose taste within a few weeks, and the entire distribution chain means that it might be weeks or months before the coffees ever reach those shelves.

Ethiopian Coffee Varietals and Cultivars

Aside from the six primary coffee varietals represented by Harrar, Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Limu, Ghimbi, and Teppi, there are a few additional noteworthy locations that fill out this amazing coffee country:

  • Kaffa
  • Djimma
  • Bebeka
  • Illubabor
  • Wellega

Each area has its own particular traits and flavour profile, yet they all have the smoothness, robust acidity, and slightly lemony flavour for which Ethiopian Arabica coffee beans are famous.