Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Authority’s (ECTA) new directive is set to put a tighter grip on the movement of coffee across the export coffee supply chain.
Ethiopian Tea & Coffee Authority’s (ECTA's) new directive is set to put a tighter grip on the movement of green coffee by having coffees of all origins pass through new quality and inspection centers. In the next few months, we will see an interesting introduction to the movement of green coffee following the Ethiopian Tea & Coffee Authority’s (ECTA's) new quality inspection and certification centers.
These centers will be operational in Hawassa and Jimma and are expected to multiply in the months ahead. The authority plans to collect coffees from Yirgacheffe, Guji, and Sidama through the Hawassa center, while coffees from Metu, IIubabur, Buno Bedele, Kefa, Sheka, and Bench Maji will pass through the Jimma center. According to close estimates, 70 percent of Ethiopia’s coffee comes from these two major parts of the country.
Similar services have been provided by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) in some producing areas and along their respective routes. ECTA’s new centers will be providing the same services rendered earlier by ECX, with expected value addition in in enhanced coffee inspection for export coffees.
We expect this arrangement will give higeher level of assurance in the batchs of coffee that we move for final export processing.