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.
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