Research on Ethiopian Wild Forest Coffee


For centuries, communities in South and West Ethiopia have collected wild-growing forest coffee. It is estimated that more than 10% of Ethiopia’s coffee export originates from coffee forests, however relatively little is known about the quality potential.

The forests in which wild coffee grows are under threat. In the last 40 years, smallholder and commercial agricultural expansion and the demand for raw materials for fuelwood and charcoal have caused the loss of one third of Ethiopia’s natural forest, leaving approximately 12 million hectares standing.

The Ethiopian Wild Forest Coffee Program (EWF) aims to strengthen the value chain for wild coffee in Ethiopia, the ‘Motherland of Coffee’ while conserving the country’s remaining forest.
Boot Coffee is conducting research on Ethiopia Wild Forest Coffee to better understand opportunities for quality improvement and its potential on the global market. Please give us 3 minutes of your time to fill out a brief survey.

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