It’s the time of year where we get to celebrate the latest crops from Ethiopia! It’s a massive occasion for us, in fact there’s no single event of the coffee year that we anticipate so keenly. The process of buying this coffee started in November as harvest progressed and we planned our purchases and concluded only a few weeks ago with the arrival of the coffee to our warehouse. Good thing this coffee was worth the wait!
Since we began buying directly in Ethiopia in 2017 we have witnessed significant regulatory changes every season, affecting every aspect of buying and exporting coffee, from pricing to export permissions to grading to shipping logistics.
This coffee is from the heavily populated Gedeb zone of what is known as the “Yirgacheffe” region by the coffee trade. It's one of the highest altitude zones we've ever sourced in, and its presence here on our list is something we're enormously proud of. While we spent what felt like a billion hours and earned a bunch of grey hairs sourcing this coffee (selecting it among many other lots, visiting the area, ensuring our lot was exported safely, reliably and in a timely fashion) we want to acknowledge that our work here is only on the quality preservation side. The quality creation side is thanks entirely to the hundreds of pairs of hands of smallholder farmers and the organisational infrastructure provided by the washing station owner (in this case it is Snap Trading). This coffee is one of the best exemplars of Yirgacheffe typicity we have ever tasted. It's a stunner for all comers.
In the 2020 buying season, Ethiopian government authorities set minimum coffee sales prices by region, coffee grade and seller type. The minimum pricing stipulated by the authorities for the grades and type we buy fluctuated between $3.10 and $4.20 a pound (USD, FOB Djibouti) during the buying season. We’re stoked that Ethiopia has managed to command such a premium above commodity coffee prices (roughly a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the above prices). With this very safe “fairness” price floor in place, we do not disclose our prices in Ethiopia since, above these minimums stipulated, pricing is basically set by the seller.
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