An interview with Ashenafi Argaw, an export manager for the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, revealed the toll coffee has had on farmers and the rest of the population. He quotes a farmer telling him, “I depend on coffee for all clothing, food, to pay taxes and medical expenses. Our lives depend on coffee. . . Ten years ago I was producing seven sacks of red cherry, and this was enough to buy clothes, medicines and services. But now, even if I sell four times as much, it is impossible to cover all my expenses . . . Three of the children can’t go to school now because I can’t afford the uniform . . . We have stopped buying teff and edible oil. We are eating just mainly corn.” The Toll of Coffee on Ethiopia’s Trade and More
(Reuters) - A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported.
A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT) that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C.
Witnesses said the gunfire took place inside the embassy compound during a protest against the Horn of Africa nation's government.
"About half a block from the embassy, I heard at least four shots, and I thought there were people killed," demonstrator Tesfa Simagne told Reuters Television.
A video taken inside the embassy gates and carried by the website of Ethiopian Satellite Television shows a man wearing a dark suit and brandishing a silver handgun.
He points the weapon at others who argue with him and fires a single shot. Still waving the gun and arguing with protesters, the man backs up to an embassy door and …
If coffee growing was an Olympic event, it'd be a marathon not a sprint. And not just because Africa totally dominates. Being a coffee superpower requires years of economic, infrastructural, and government investment. Plus a bean-friendly terrior, farmers dedicated to quality control, and a trust in industry buyers to bring the beans to the masses.
So, which countries shell out the best beans? To get an idea, we asked a group of 11 roasters and writers to weigh in. Obviously, with all of the variables involved, naming favorite countries is not an easy task. Almost all of our contributors expressed hesitation about throwing their hat into the ring (too much Deadly Grounds, perhaps), and one roaster even pulled their choices for fear of upsetting their farmers.
Naturally, personal bias in taste, education, and life experience influence one's picks, but by polling a diverse cross-section of the coffee world, we feel like this is an honest pulse of the industry, as taken from som…