The Origins of Coffee | Kaffa Region, Ethiopia

Fri Mar 01 2024 at 02:00 am to Mon Mar 04 2024 at 03:00 am

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The Origins of Coffee | Kaffa Region, Ethiopia
Coffee, one of the most widely consumed beverage around the globe, has many fascinating stories of origin.
Despite a popular belief, that coffee originates from Starbucks, one of the most common legends attributes coffee's journey to began in ancient Ethiopia. According to an Ethiopian folklore, a goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee's stimulating properties when he observed his goats energetically grazing on red berries. Intrigued, he decided to try the berries himself and experienced a revitalizing effect. Coffee trees grew mostly as wild plants at Abyssinian Plateau and Somali Peninsula and probably began to be cultivated around in the 5th or 6th century AD. It is difficult to say under what circumstances roasting began; its unusual aroma was probably discovered during the fire.
Word of this newfound energy-boosting beverage spread, and coffee cultivation expanded to the Arabian Peninsula. By the 15th century, coffee had become a significant part of Arabian culture, with coffee houses emerging as vital social and intellectual gathering places. During the 17th century, the popularity of coffee expanded across Europe. Coffeehouses soon became centers of intellectual discourse, attracting philosophers, artists, and writers who would discuss profound ideas over cups of this invigorating beverage. By the 18th century, coffee cultivation had reached the new world, eventually making its way to the plantations of South and Central America. Today, countries like Brazil and Colombia are among the top coffee producers worldwide.
Even if you are not a coffee enthusiast, you are welcome to explore this extraordinary region offering endless landscapes of lush plantations. Our primary destination, the Bonga reserve, spans over 500 square kilometers of forests and is a home to 14 cascading waterfalls. Its altitude and unique microclimate creates a habitat that produces slow growing strain of Arabica, recognized globally as one of the finest beans.
Let’s go!
Early morning flight to Addis and domestic flight to Jimma. We head straight to Bonga driving through the Kaffa region, proudly known for its Arabica strain. We continue to Tatmara coffee plantation where we will have the opportunity to witness and participate in the entire coffee production process, concluding with a coffee ceremony at this ideal location known as the Home of Coffee.
Wake up to the pleasant aroma of locally sourced and freshly brewed coffee, accompanied by fitfit and injera. Drive to Kaffa Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO site) and embark on exploration of lush forests where wild arabica grows abundantly. We will spend most of the day hiking to waterfalls and hots springs.
Following breakfast, we embark to Mankira, the very place where Arabica was first discovered. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to visit the legendary Adaracha Medhanealem Church, as well as the Gurguto Natural Bridge (God's bridge), which connects two remote villages. In the afternoon we head to Jimma for return flight home.
Level: Easy, available for beginners.
Activities: sightseeing, trekking, discovery of ancient cultures.
Cost: 5980 AED all incl. international and domestic flights until FEB 22nd.
Accommodation & meals: Hotels double sharing, meals included.
Specifically excluded: e-visas, photography fees, tips, meals on transfers.
See yah in Kaffa x
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