Ethiopia is the heart and soul of coffee. Everybody needs to know that Ethiopia was where the first coffee tree was discovered and that for centuries, it was illegal for anyone to take a live coffee plant out of the country. It was only thanks to some smugglers that the rest of the world ever got to try this amazing beverage. Ethiopia is considered such a mecca of coffee that we give it a label similar to that of a continent. This is because the coffee is vastly different in certain regions within Ethiopia and there are 1000+ varieties of coffee - some that have yet to be cataloged. Ethiopia is the world's seventh-largest coffee grower and Africa's leading producer. Ethiopians consume half of all coffee consumed, and the country tops the continent in domestic consumption. Their coffee is well-known for its vivid fruity and flowery characteristics. These coffees are distinguished by a greater acidity, a light to medium body, and nuanced taste nuances. Discover why Ethiopians just love their coffee.