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Ethiopia’s Java Journey: Brewing Success in Global Coffee Markets

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  • Its coffee sector plays a pivotal role in driving the nation’s agriculture-centered economy, fueled by the global demand for Ethiopian coffee known for its diverse flavor profile ranging from wine-like to fruity and chocolatey.
  • In the first nine months of the current Ethiopian fiscal year (2023/24), the country dispatched 174,596 tons of coffee globally, commencing from July 8.

Ethiopia’s coffee sector has yielded significant returns, with exports raking in 835 million U.S. dollars in revenue over the past nine months, as reported by the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority (ECTA) on Tuesday.

In the first nine months of the current Ethiopian fiscal year (2023/24), the country dispatched 174,596 tons of coffee globally, commencing from July 8. According to Shafi Oumer, ECTA’s deputy director-general, Ethiopia has successfully cultivated new markets beyond its traditional coffee importers in recent years, with China, the United Arab Emirates, and Sudan emerging as key destinations.

The trajectory of Ethiopian coffee exports highlights a diversification of destinations. Alongside longstanding importers such as Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United States, Germany, and Japan, newer markets like China, the United Arab Emirates, and Sudan are increasingly appreciating Ethiopian coffee.

Renowned as the birthplace of Arabica coffee, Ethiopia stands tall among Africa’s foremost coffee producers and exporters. Its coffee sector plays a pivotal role in driving the nation’s agriculture-centered economy, fueled by the global demand for Ethiopian coffee known for its diverse flavor profile ranging from wine-like to fruity and chocolatey.

However, despite its global recognition and steady revenue streams, the Ethiopian coffee sector faces challenges, notably in value addition. The predominant export of raw coffee beans limits the country’s ability to maximize returns from its abundant coffee resources, a concern echoed by experts.

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