Ethiopia

Our coffees:

Ethiopia is all about great and clean coffees with a wide range of amazing flavors. There are still so much undiscovered products and potential. It’s also going through a big shift in terms of traceability, more farming on larger scale, product development and investment in quality.

  • Washed and Natural coffees from high altitudes in small to large lot sizes.
  • Special preparations and higher grades.
  • Coffees from private washing stations, cooperatives, and single farmers.  
  • Main regions around Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Guji, Agaro, Bonga, Kaffa, Jimmah. 
  • Scoring range is generally between  87-92 points.
  • Price offers are generally between 3,30 – 4,50 USD/lb FOB.
  • We can customize purchases on other price and quality levels.

Guidelines

  • We believe in transparency through the chain is the only way to achieve a sustainable quality coffee production.
  • We develop strong and solid relationships with coffee producers and suppliers.
  • We have a local cupping lab in Addis Abeba where we cup to make our selection, and producers can cup with us and get feedback on their products as a service.
  • We cup through a hugh selection of separated lots from all our suppliers.
  • We build a team of employees to be able to support the producers and manage quality control and efficient logistics.
  • We pre-contract coffees with suppliers so they can access pre-finance for cherry purchase. 
  • Drawing samples ourselves and trace the stock lots from the local warehouses through the milling process and shipment.
  • Presence in the dry mill when coffees are prepared for export.
    We are Grain Pro standard unless other is specified.

The Buying Process

  • The decisions from the client can be made during cupping in origin or through samples sent from origin.
  • The coffee will be based on a FOB contract between Tropiq Ethiopia and the buyer.
  • The coffees are sold and contracted FOB (free on board) CAD (Cash against Copy of original bill of lading)
  • The Roaster/importer announce the shipper and shipping instructions (or ask us for advice)
  • We will draw and forward the pre shipment sample to the roaster.
  • The roaster cups and approve it before shipment
  • Coffees have to be paid in full by the buyer before Tropiq sends the original documents to the roaster
  • The coffee can be released in port from the shipper against original Bill of Lading. 

Seasonality

The harvesting period in higher altitudes normally goes from November – January. In general the washed coffees are produced earlier than naturals. The season for for buying, cupping and selection starts in January and goes on until May as the stock lots are coming in to the main warehouses over a longer period. Natural coffees are coming in later and the wider selection is normally from March and onwards.  

Processing

Most of our coffees are coming from washing stations that are buing cherries from surrounding smallholders. The variety of cherries will depend on the location and is often referred to as Ethiopian Heirloom. In most cases they do the traditional preparation with wet fermentation, grading and drying on raised beds. Many of the same producers are producing quality naturals of higher grades.