Members of the global coffee community gathered in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for two days of discourse at the 4th World Coffee Conference.
Over 900 people from 77 member countries attended thfe event, which was headlined by 20 high-level speakers who led and encouraged debate and discussion on issues relating to the conference’s overarching theme, ‘Nurturing coffee culture and diversity’.
It has been revealed that the Ethiopian government is planning to restructure the nation’s coffee industry by creating a standalone entity to oversee all aspects of the sector.
With two separate departments already casting an eye on the native coffee industry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) has started to collate feedback on a draft proposal that would see the return of a single body to oversee coffee development in Ethiopia.
The home of coffee, Ethiopia, is set to record a stellar harvest for the 2015-16 growing season and in doing so boost the entire output of East Africa to new heights, if the latest market forecasts are to be believed.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Addis Ababa bureau has predicted that Ethiopia’s farmers are expected to harvest just over 6.5m bags of arabica this year, a record high.
Mulatu Teshome, the President of Ethiopia, has announced that the coffee industry in the country must continue to increase their export revenues in the next couple of years.
A target of $1 billion has been set.
The coffee sector in Ethiopia has been in rude health recently and despite some significant gains, President Teshome has continued to ramp up the pressure by proverbially throwing down the gauntlet.
The lifestyle magazine Thrillist polled a number of experts in the coffee industry recently in a bid to determine what the best coffee growing country in the world is.
In total, eleven coffee connoisseurs were quizzed about their preferences in the industry and, importantly, which nation nurtured the best beans.
“Being a coffee superpower requires years of economic, infrastructural, and government investment,” wrote Dan Gentile in the prelude to his original piece, but which country came out on top?
Ethiopia is the birthplace of Coffea arabica, the ‘mountain coffee’, and is some of the best tasting commercially produced type of coffee in the world. Now, people associated with the coffee trade in the African nation will be celebrating the start of this year in style after humanitarian groups combined in order to bring funding for a new facility near the central-southern town of Yirgachefe (also transliterated as Irgachefe), securing around two-hundred jobs in the process.
Wild Arabic coffee beans are due to take a hit.
Your morning cup of coffee could become a lot harder to find and certainly more expensive in the coming years.
This is mainly due to human beings and the devastating effect we have had on our planet and the resulting climate change. …continue reading Wild Arabica Extinction