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African Coffee Production—Opportunities and Challenges

Ethiopia currently sits as the world’s sixth largest coffee producer. The industry employs approximately 15 million people and accounts for 28 percent of the country’s total annual exports. Arabica coffee originated in Ethiopia, and consumers know the country for its Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and Harar bean varieties. Production in 2017/18 reached 416,580 tonnes, with steady growth occurring nearly every year since 2002. The USDA anticipates that Ethiopia will produce 426,000 tonnes of coffee in 2018/19 and export 239,000 tonnes of it.