Ethiopian new year
As the weather remains favorable for the upcoming crop with some picking already undergoing in some areas, producers of these coffees are celebrating the Ethiopian new year. It does feel some coffee is around though many expectations are in line for the next crop with prices becoming stable from previous weeks for remaining stocks of 2020/21.
Ethiopian forest coffees grow in and next to natural forests, with microclimates that create unique flavor profiles, genetic diversity with many of the varieties yet to be mapped, and high levels of shade result in the coffee maturing much slower than in other parts of the world. These are two of the factors that are known to contribute to these extraordinary and complex flavors and other unknown reasons are yet to be fully explored explains Paul Stewart, TechnoServe Global coffee director.
Six new coffee species have been formally introduced to the world of science, bringing the global total of recognized coffee species to 130. Each of the six newly named wild coffee species was discovered in the forests of northern Madagascar home to 65 of the known coffee species with four of those species believed to be narrowly endemic to specific forest areas.