Visiting Harrar coffee farms

Harrar coffee growing family

Harrar coffee growers

Today we made the climb from our dry flatlands villages, up into the Harrar area hills, to see the current crop of world-famous Harrar coffee beans, newly growing on the coffee trees.

It was a bumpy, jarring ride up to almost 10,000 feet above sea level. This is truly “highlands coffee!” But the beauty of the scenery and the kindness of several coffee families made the arduous journey totally worth it.

Coffee across Ethiopia is mostly grown by small, family farmers, who have anywhere from 50 to 200 trees. Our guide for the day was Mr. Abeba, the Harrar area government coffee quality inspector. He helped increase our understanding of quality coffee growing techniques in the Harrar area.

Check out these pics, and consider joining us on a future volunteer trip!

In the Harrar hills

In the Harrar hills

New Harrar coffee beans growing

New Harrar coffee beans growing

Shy Harrar farmers :)

Shy Harrar farmers :)

Beautiful Harrar coffee trees and people

Beautiful Harrar coffee trees and people

Hearing from the Harrar coffee families

Hearing from the Harrar coffee families

Grateful for the day to visit Harrar coffee families!

Grateful for the day to visit Harrar coffee families!


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Written by Jeff Power

Jeff is the founder of Pangeo Coffee. He's been dedicated to full-time humanitarian development with poor villages in Africa, Asia and the Middle East since 2007. Follow Jeff's travels and work on his personal blog: Pangeo.us, and on twitter at @jeffpower.

  • Naomi

    Makes me want a machiato – even after 2 pm!

  • http://twitter.com/cartertx Chris Carter

    Thanks for the update Jeff! I’m enjoying a cup of Pangeo Coffee now. :)

    • http://www.pangeocoffee.com/ Jeff Power

      Excellent Chris, enjoy!