Coffeeland: In Ethiopia, Beans with Global Buzz

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Coffeeland: In Ethiopia, Beans with Global Buzz
Photographer Ami Vitale and writer David Farley travel to Ethiopia to find the source of a global obsession.
Ami Vitale
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    Growing Beans Means Earning Beans
    Geoff Watts, a buyer from Intelligentsia coffee speaks to farmers at a co-op in Waleensuu (Wolinsu), Ethiopia. The region is home to the largest pool of genetic diversity in the world of coffee -- more diversity than the rest of the coffee-producing countries, combined, by a huge margin.
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    The Original Coffee Culture
    Coffee permeates the cultural fabric of Ethiopia, which boasts the world's most ancient and compelling coffee traditions. 
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    A Buzzing Economy
    Laborers sort coffee beans at the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is the world's seventh largest producer of coffee, and Africa's top producer. 
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    Roasted
    Ramla Sharif and her daughter Siam roast coffee inside her home in the village of Choche in Ethiopia. 
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    Young Beans, Ancient Traditions
    Fetle Work roasts and brews coffee for a traditional coffee ceremony in Choche. 
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    From Berries to Beans
    Mohammad Abafita, a farmer in the village of Doyo, in the region of Jimma, Ethiopia, sorts cherries that will be processed into coffee beans. 
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    The Birthplace of Coffee
    Jimma, the former capital of the region known as Kaffa, considered the birthplace of coffee. One of the greatest ironies is that most coffee producing countries do not consume their own coffee, and until very recently the very notion of high-quality coffee has been limited to consuming countries in the developed world. Ethiopia is the stunning exception.
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    Beyond the Bean
    The coffee production in Ethiopia is critical to the Ethiopian economy, with about 25-percent of the population depending directly or indirectly on coffee for its livelihood.
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    A Den of Caffeine
    Laborers sort coffee beans at the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Addis Ababa.
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    Local Coffee
    Awol Abagojam and his son Isaac walk in Choche. 
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