Ethiopian Embassy in London to host first coffee exhibition on Dec 17

Ethiopian Embassy in London to host first coffee exhibition on Dec 17

December 16 - 2022

Coffee Geography Magazine

The Ethiopian Embassy in London is hosting the first Ethiopian Coffee Exhibition in London on December 17, 2022. The Embassy stated that it hosts Exhibition to expose  Ethiopian coffee to the world and coffee enthusiasts, buyers, traders, and connoisseurs in the U.K. 

The exhibition will consist of a traditional coffee ceremony, presentations, a cupping session, coffee tasting, and a display of coffee samples from Ethiopian coffee exporters. A maximum of 30 exhibitors are expected to attend the event.

The Kafa Zone of Ethiopia is known for its Biosphere Reserve. It is inside this area where Arabica Coffee was first discovered. And according to UNESCO, it is currently home to almost 5,000 wild Arabica coffee varieties. 

To brand and protect the uniqueness of Ethiopian coffee, growers, importers, and the Ethiopian government have initiated branding programs and trademark promotions in major coffee consuming markets.

There are six major coffee regions in Ethiopia, whereas some sub-regions are identified also by their own names simply because they are trademarked. 

The six major regions which the trademarks included in them are:

• Sidamo: It is grown in the highlands between 4,920 and 7,220 feet above sea level. This means that the beans are considered “strictly high grown” (SHG) and have more time to gather nutrients from the soil that can result in a distinct flavor profile. 

• While it is included above, Yirgacheffe is too important not to include in this list. Yirgacheffe coffee is considered to be among the best coffee in the world. It is grown at roughly 2,000 meters and is wet-processed. 

• Guji zone coffee comes from southeastern Ethiopia. Heirloom varieties produce a full-flavored, strong coffee. The Guji coffee trademark was created in 2002. 

• Harar is another one of the oldest coffee beans that continue to be produced to this day. It is cultivated in Ethiopia’s Eastern highlands and is still sorted and processed by hand. It is generally thought to have hints of fruit, wine, and mocha in its flavor profile. Unlike Sidamo, it isn’t known for being extremely acidic but rather more balanced and full-bodied. 

• Coffee from Ginka is exclusively grown in the Bench Maji Zone of Ethiopia. They are therefore referred to as beans of a “single origin.” These small greyish coffee beans are known for a chocolate taste with hints of spice and wine and an especially appealing aroma. 

 • Limu coffee beans are wet-processed and known for low acidity. It comes from Limmu Sakka district (woredas) in the Oomia Region of Ethiopia. It is located west of Addis Ababa.

The coffee exhibition in London will give more exposure of the coffee beans to buyers in the U.K. The government of Ethiopia is working with roasters and importers to increase the production and export of the commodity in consideration of preserving natural coffee forests in the country.