Walking into the montane cloud forests with a small group of coffee collectors, ducking under mossy, low-hanging branches, ropey lianas, and slender wild coffee trees broken by baboons trying to reach their sweet fruit, is like returning to a time when rivers ran unimpeded and great forests ruled the land.
Preserving Ethiopia’s prized Arabica coffee is key not only for coffee drinkers worldwide, but also for the estimated 15 million people in Ethiopia whose livelihoods depend on it. Ethiopia is Africa’s biggest coffee producer and the world’s fifth largest exporter. In 2018, Ethiopia’s coffee production was 7.5 million 60 kg bags, according to the International Coffee Organization.
He noted that flower, fruits and vegetables export have contributed to the increase of the revenue. During the past nine months period, the country has also managed to achieve 75 percent of its target for export of textiles, coffee, natural gum and electronics.
While some of the world’s top coffee-producing nations are well-known, others may come as a surprise. More than 70 countries produce coffee, but the majority of global output comes from the top five producers: Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.
Convenience-store coffee and tea provider Ronnoco Beverage Solutions has introduced Concentric Coffee, a sustainable coffee brand that supports education, clean water, agronomy initiatives and local communities.
Will Forsman spent two weeks in Africa in January to see where the coffee he serves at Cafe Steam comes from.
He did not return with otherworldly wisdom. The few days he spent touring coffee-growing and coffee-processing operations did not teach him everything about the rich cultures of the places he visited.
But whether you order a double espresso to go, or French press your own at home, how do you make your daily fix more sustainable?
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