The definitive top 10 coffee-growing countries in the world, ranked by experts
If coffee growing was an Olympic event, it'd be a marathon not a sprint. And not just because Africa totally dominates. Being a coffee superpower requires years of economic, infrastructural, and government investment. Plus a bean-friendly terrior, farmers dedicated to quality control, and a trust in industry buyers to bring the beans to the masses.
So, which countries shell out the best beans? To get an idea, we asked a group of 11 roasters and writers to weigh in. Obviously, with all of the variables involved, naming favorite countries is not an easy task. Almost all of our contributors expressed hesitation about throwing their hat into the ring (too much Deadly Grounds, perhaps), and one roaster even pulled their choices for fear of upsetting their farmers.
Naturally, personal bias in taste, education, and life experience influence one's picks, but by polling a diverse cross-section of the coffee world, we feel like this is an honest pulse of the industry, as taken from some of its finest minds. Dare we say 'definitive'? To the dismay of the comments section, we dare. Here are the results, with the reasoning below.
- 25 points
Bags produced in 2013:
"With sweet fruit notes and delicate floral aromas, it's hard to imagine
a coffee that tastes better than a finely washed Yirgacheffe or a big,
sweet, natural processed Sidama. This is the genetic birthplace of Coffea arabica,
which has been growing wild and harvested here for millennia. Every
time I drink a coffee from Ethiopia, I can't help but feel that this is
how coffee is supposed to taste and everything else is an imitation, a
copy of a copy, changed in some way inadvertently because of genetic
drift or changing climates. Ethiopia also has the largest genetic
diversity of coffee varieties, many of which still remain unclassified,
which helps contribute to the uniqueness of the cup character." - Lorenzo Perkins, director of education at Cuvée Coffee
"There's a reason great coffee comes out of Ethiopia year after year:
it's truly the birthplace of coffee. That means its producers rarely
contend with problems that can overwhelm coffee growers in Central and
South America (where coffee is not native, but rather introduced). The
saddest and most recent example of this is the coffee-leaf rust that has
plagued Central America this past year and wiped out thousands of
farms. Because coffee is native to Ethiopia, it rarely incites climate
or disease-born chaos. Coffee still grows wild all over Ethiopia
and there are thousands of undiscovered varietals in Ethiopia.
Specialty coffees from Ethiopia are known for their syrupy body, which
is a result of the dry processing method still popular with Ethiopian
producers, in which the coffee's cherry skin is left intact. This
process also lends the coffee an exceptionally fruity and floral
character." - Sarah Allen, editor of Barista Magazine
is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. He's
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**All stats according to International Coffee Org & 2014 USDA
Toshiba Concludes a Memorandum of Understanding with Ethiopian Electric Power on Geothermal Power Generation
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that the company has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ethiopian Electric Power on a comprehensive partnership in geothermal power that will see the parties collaborate in power generation projects and personnel development.
Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), a publicly owned utility, engages in the development of geothermal resources and the construction of power plants. Through the partnership with EEP, Toshiba will draw on its long-standing experience and expertise in geothermal systems to contribute to projects in Ethiopia. More specifically, the company will develop and manufacture major equipment, create operation and management guidelines, cooperate in personnel development, and start a waste heat utilization business.
Ethiopia is geothermal rich, with resources estimated at equivalent to 6,000 megawatts. However, this potential has yet to be explored and developed, and over 90 percent of the country’s electricity is from hydropower sources. Looking to the future, Ethiopia plans to increase its current installed generating capacity of 2,268 megawatts to 37,000 megawatts by 2037, and the development of geothermal power will play a significant role in reaching that target.
Read more HeraldOnline
World marathon record for Dennis Kimetto in Berlin
Kenya's Dennis Kimetto has broken the marathon world record in Berlin, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.
The 30-year-old shook off fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai with just under three miles remaining to become the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours and three minutes.
Mutai, who finished second in 2:03:13, also broke the previous record.
"I feel good because I won a very tough race," said Kimetto.
"I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record."
Read More at BBC Sport
Hotel Management Agreement Ceremony between Ato.Aschalw Belay and Golden Tulip
Ato Aschalw Belay and Golden Tulip Hotel signed a Hotel Management Agreement on September 27, 2014 in Addis Ababa with Alain Sebah, President of Golden Tulip Afrique Francophone.
The new Hotel in Addis Ababa is developed by Ato Aschalew Belay, who have made his fortune in China and decided to invest in his country.
The hotel is located in front of Bole Medhanialem Church next to Berhane Mall, 5 min from Bole International Airport is expected to open its doors in June 2015 Golden Tulip Addis will add value to the growing need of international brand hotels in Addis Ababa. The 1st phase of the Hotel will have 90 rooms in total.
Golden Tulip has been offering modern, 4- star hotels with personalized services for the last 50 years. Each hotel reflects the character of its region and guarantees international standards of comfort. All are conveniently located in key areas: city centers, business districts and close to airports, roadways or conference centers.
ERCA claims 3.5 mln Br in Unpaid Tax on Film Camera Imported by Tewodros Teshome
The customs authority is preparing to take Tewodros Teshome, of Sebastopol Cinema, to court over the next two weeks. This comes after allegations of tax cheating, which could have saved him over a million Birr, when he imported an expensive Red One camera and allegedly passed it off as the cheaper Scarlet version.
Officers of the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) raided the Lulu Guest House, around Meskel Flower on Ethio China Street, on July 6, 2014, and took possession of the equipment following a tip off from an informant, long after Tewodros claimed that he had repatriated the equipment. The seized equipment included the camera and accessories in four large bags and one smaller bag, as well as tripod, lighting equipment and a camera stand that could be fitted onto vehicles.
The camera was imported in 2009, with five items, including an Apple laptop, printer and scanner, which were registered as accessories. The camera didn’t have serial number and model written on it, according to Zeru Getinet, manager of the Addis Ababa Airport Customs branch office. The price Tewodros had given to the authorities at the time was 2,392 dollars, or 21, 243 Br by the then exchange rate, for which the ERCA demanded a tax of just 32,678 Br. The ERCA’s tax official involved in this estimation is also under investigation, says Zeru.
Ethiopian man stabbed to death in Toronto Canada
A man in his 20s was fatally stabbed near Danforth and Greenwood avenues in Toronto early Saturday. Det. Mike Carbone of the city’s homicide squad confirmed his body was found near Danny Greens Billiards around 3 a.m.
Early reports suggest the victim was stabbed in the back.
“Right now they’re conducting a forensic exam of the street area, we’re also conducting a door-to-door canvassing of the neighbouring establishments,” said Det. Mike Carbone of Toronto Police Service.
The death marks the fifth killing in the area since April 2013, though police do not believe the crimes are connected.
“It’s terrifying because I have young children in the neighbourhood,” resident Sarah Gordon told CBC News. “And to think that this can happen right in your backyard — it’s pretty scary because we walk down here, I run through here.”
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