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THE DISTINCT HIGH QUALITY ARABICA COFFEE REGIONS OF KAFFA ETHIOPIA


In the area of Bonga, a town in the Kaffa zone,
more than one hundred Ethiopian investors have
been developing estates and farms growing high
quality Arabica coffee. It has suitable Agroecological conditions for specialty coffee
production. Its altitude is between 1600 and 1900
meters the soil is red in color, and temperatures are
conducive for coffee production. The area is
known for distinct higher levels of precipitation
and for that reason it is considered as one of the
rainiest regions in Ethiopia.
As one of the first two Biosphere Reserves in
Ethiopia, the Wild Coffee Forests in the former
kingdom of Kaffa have been recognized as
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the beginning of
June 2010. Gesha is one of the districts of the
Kaffa zone.
Most farms, estates and cooperatives supply both
washed and natural sun-dried coffees to
international markets. With the support of the
Gates Foundation, Technoserve established and
constructed more than one hundred processing
stations in the Southwest regions. Most of these
stations have been built in the Kaffa  
regions. Addendum 5 contains an overview of all
processing station built by Technoserve.
Because of its unique flavor and bean appearance
many cuppers categorize Kaffa washed coffee.
Kaffa types include: Gimbo, Gewata and Chena.

Posted by: KUMILACHEW

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