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It is widely believed that Africa is the birthplace of coffee as a species. Contrary to popular opinion though, recent research indicates that the original progenitor coffee species was most likely a Robusta-type coffee, not Arabica. It is believed that Arabica was a mutation that traveled North and South from an origin point somewhere along the middle coastal area of East Africa, probably in or near Tanzania, spreading into Madagascar, Ethiopia and an island called Reunion, where the subspecies Bourbon Arabica was first observed.

The "dancing goat" of Ethiopia story of the origin of coffee is a silly story cut and pasted all across the Internet and in books, but is also simply not true. When we talk about the discovery of coffee, we generally are referring to the European discovery of coffee, because coffee was in thorough use for a full millenia or more before then, by residents all along the African East Coast and Middle Eastern countries, and even was a staple energy food (in jerky form) for Roman soldiers in the First Millenium. Its use may even date to before the time of Christ by shamans for medicinal use.

Over 120 distinct species of coffee have been discovered, but only 4 species have survived the test of time for cultivation commercially.

The cultivation of coffee in Africa has a centuries-long history of care and husbandry, and many of the most unique and delicious subspecies or regional origins prosper there. Unfortunately, most producers are small farms who have no direct line to the outside, so finding traceable origins is a challenge, and usually access to the small farms is only available through coops or regional associations.

  • Uganda Bududa SL-28 Arabica##for 8 ounces##

    Uganda Bududa Arabica

    $7.95

    Bududa District of Mt. Elgon is in the Eastern highlands of Uganda. This UTZ certified Safe & Sustainable coffee is primarily SL-28, which is considered a gem of indigenous African varieties. It is hand-picked and... Learn more


  • Rwanda Buliz Bourbon Arabica Coffee##for 8 oz, Harlequin Light Roast##

    Rwanda Rising : High Altitude Bourbon Arabica

    $9.25

    We are proud to support the work of Kinini Coffee, assisting 363 small holders from the communities of Taba, Burega Sector, Cooperative Abukamu, Mafene, Gahabwa Cell, Tumba, and Cooperative Kotwiduga for 5 years to cultivate... Learn more


  • Tanzania Peaberry Blend##for 8 ounces##

    Tanzania Peaberry Blend

    $8.50 $7.50

    Peaberries are round. They roll. Smart farmers on the steep slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro figured out if they raised all peaberry coffee, they could just roll it down the slopes to the market. Ok, that’s not true or even... Learn more


  • Kenya Lenana AA Arabica##for 8 ounces##

    Kenya Lenana AA Arabica

    $7.95

    We have sampled a lot of Kenyan coffees and most of the time, we find them too acidic for our tastes. It's hard to find an origin we can trust and a taste profile that really impresses us. But we love this new Lenana. Lenana... Learn more


  • African Coffee Master Blend ##for 8 ounces - sale!##

    Out of Africa, Blended Arabicas

    $8.95

    A huge hit on our Thanksgiving Sale! We've roasted new batches three times already and will carry it until we run out of the beans. A perfect blend of high-altitude Arabicas from the birthplace of coffee... This is a Master... Learn more



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