This coffee comes from the Gelana Abaya washing station near the kebele (village) of Asgori located in the woreda (district) of Abaya.
Local tribe: Tore
Number of producers: 9000–10,000
Annual Production: 100+ containers
Average farm size: 3.5 hectares
Number of mills in the area: 5
Processing: Coffee is covered during the hottest part of the day. Lots of fresh compost used in this area. Composting takes three months. Gelana Abaya is another gem of a region in Yirgacheffe region. This area is nestled between Lake Abaya on the west and the town of Yirgacheffe on the East.
Ethiopia is the original home of the coffee plant, Coffea arabica. It was from this African country that the coffee was initially discovered and cultivated, thus setting into motion a long-standing tradition of both production and consumption. Ethiopia’s coffee accounts for about 60% of its foreign export income, and makes up for roughly 3% of the total worldwide coffee market. It is also the top producer in all of Africa.
Here, most coffee is still produced by hand, which gives many Ethiopian coffees a taste that has, in many other countries, been lost in time. Coffee has been produced in Ethiopia since at least the 10th Century, and very little about its method of production has changed since then.
Legend has it that coffee was originally discovered by a man named Kaldi, who worked by herding goats sometime around the 9th Century. However the story is anecdotal at best, as there is no written record of it until 1671. In any case, the legend continues on to say that Kaldi began to use coffee as a stimulant when he realised that eating the plant had made his goats unusually alert and energetic.
As coffee accounts for such a large amount of Ethiopia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Ethiopian Government has invested a large amount of its resources into supporting coffee trade and export. Ethiopia itself owns the trading names of many of its provincial coffees, including Harar, Limu, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe, thus allowing only coffees grown and produced in those respective regions to bear the names.