Nowadays, folks who roast coffee for even relatively small, artisan roasting companies are able to travel the world to visit the places where coffee grows, and meet the farmers there. We asked four roasters what their favorite growing origins are, and why.
'Ethiopia' on Serious Eats
Variety isn't just the spice of life: It's also one of the most beautiful and exciting things about coffee. In the next few columns, we'll be taking a closer look at some of the diversity that exists among coffee plants. We start where it all began, with the vast biodiversity of coffee plants in East Africa.
How did coffee get planted around the world, and how much does terroir play into cup flavor? We'll spend the next few columns exploring the history and lore of various coffee growing regions, starting with the place where it all began: Ethiopia.
Coffee comes with its share of mystical, often even whimsical origin stories ("Didja hear the one about the goatherd whose livestock took to dancing after chomping on some potent little red berries?"), but you don't need a book of fables to get a taste of the stuff's history. Especially if you ever get a chance to witness (and drink the fruits of) an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Diner's Journal reports that the Ethiopian government has accused the nation's six largest exporters of hoarding beans until world coffee prices rise. The second half of this news item explains how the "Yirgacheffe" designation may become all but meaningless....