ethiopia is simultaneously one of the most interesting and most misunderstood coffee origins in the world. On one hand, it is presented as mysterious and magical, while on the other hand, it is thought of as daunting and confusing. This juxtaposition exists for good reason: the coffee industry in Ethiopia is really complex. Taking into account the platform and logistics of purchasing, the very basics of processing, and the varieties of the coffee trees, Ethiopia in our opinion is the most complex coffee origin.
Due to this complexity—coupled with the fact that Ethiopian coffees are some of our best and most intricate coffees—we’ve spent the last two years investing more time and energy sourcing and researching coffee in Ethiopia than any other origin. We even have a full-time supply chain manager, Getu Bekele, based in Addis Ababa who has worked with producers to improve communication and help us source the best coffees possible. Because of Getu’s background as a coffee breeder and plant researcher in Ethiopia, we could think of no better person to help us try to unravel and bring clarity to the botanical varieties of the coffee plants found around Ethiopia.
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the Ethiopian Variety Diagram below is a visual representation of the research that Getu Bekele and Timothy Hill our head of Sourcing and Quality have documented and written over the last year.
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for more than two years, Counter Culture has been researching the history and origins of the coffees from Ethiopia—all in an effort to better understand the potential of “the birthplace of coffee.” This exploration led us to create a collection of resources that aim to bridge the knowledge gap about Ethiopian coffee varieties. We hope that our varieties reference guide, coffee varieties poster, and map of Ethiopia lead to a fuller appreciation for the delicious coffees from this often-misunderstood origin.
A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties
Counter Culture Ethiopian Coffee Varieties Map