The eagerly awaited “Cup of Excellence”, a coffee quality competition, which was scheduled to be held in Ethiopia for the first time, has been canceled and shifted to the US due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Reporter has learnt.
Inside the Hyatt Regency, an international barista competition was held last Saturday to help promote a coffee culture and give local baristas a chance to showcase their talent in the international arena.
German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has launched an award to recognize innovative ideas within the farmers of Ethiopia worth EUR 50,000.
A newly established coffee roasting firm which aims to export a value added and processed coffee, is about to export its first batch of roasted coffees with an immediate entry to Chinese and South African markets.
Coffee exporters have been suffering from and grappling with theft and fear of escalated reputation distortion, as container pilferage continues to cause considerable losses to bagged and containerized coffee, The Reporter has learnt.
The export of some 104,000 tons of coffee has generated USD 334 million. When added with the USD five million generated from spices exports and USD 1.6 million from tea; the total export value Ethiopia has bagged during the current half fiscal year stands at USD 340 million.
A systematically orchestrated coffee cargo pilferage destined for export market has become a trend in the export business with at least six exporters reportinga loss of some 150 quintals from sealed containers, The Reporter has learnt.
Following Facebook and website posts by Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development Authority, Kaffa Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) has staged a consecutive three-day long demonstration protesting the alleged denial of Kaffa’s historic right as the origin of coffee by two institutions.
Still quite shy of its target and last year’s performance, the export of 60,000 tons of coffee has generated USD 204 million during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, The Reporter has learnt.