Green Coffee Outlook October 2023: New Harvest Ethiopian Coffees

Stay up to date on coffee we have coming down the pipeline and our latest green coffee outlook and arrivals schedule.

With the last of our Ethiopian coffees now on the West Coast, it’s prime time to shop our Ethiopian offer list. With this in mind, we thought we’d give you an overview on where our coffees are coming from this year, and what to expect. If you’d like to know what Ethiopia’s to expect over the next two months, jump to our list of Upcoming Coffees.

Ethiopia is one of our largest sources in terms of volume, and our contracted totals reach as many as 12 shipping containers. Compared to the ‘big guys’, that’s not all that much. But it’s a lot for us! Putting that into perspective, it makes up roughly 25% of our overall volume each year, and there’s a reason we’re committed to those numbers.

Disc type coffee depulper used to remove coffee cherry from seed at the Hambela wet mill in Deme Dabaye.
Disc type coffee depulper used to remove coffee cherry from seed at the Hambela wet mill in Deme Dabaye.

Ethiopian coffees hold some of out the most complex flavor attributes on our list, hands down. Whether natural or dry process, the caliber of green coffee<coffee grading and flavor profiles is paralleled by very few other countries. As Tom said in our Ethiopia origin primer, “the range of taste attributes and potential for amazing cup quality demands our primary focus”.

Some of our longest buying relationships are with coffee cooperatives in Western Ethiopia, near Jimma, in the regional state of Oromia. The umbrella cooperative union we buy from is “Kata Muduga”, whose role among other things is to ensure processing sites are well-managed, organize farmer outreach, and offer a verified marketing channel for the individual coop coffee mills they coordinate. Duromina, Nano Challa, Gure Dako, Kennisa, Yukiro, Birbirsa, Geta Bore, Genji Challa … all these names you see on our site from Gera and Agaro are Kata Muduga members.

You may hear “cooperative” and imagine a harmonious democratic system of functionality. It’s not always the case but Kata Muduga comes very close. The coffee coops under the Kata Muduga banner have been around a while now, and have benefited from outside training. They came about after a regional project was started in the area to improve quality and market access, spurred by the work of an NGO, Technoserve.

This is a woman pouring coffee from a jebena. They serve coffee at many farm and coop stops in Ethiopia, which is great unless it is 5 pm or later.
This is a woman pouring coffee from a jebena. They serve coffee at many farm and coop stops in Ethiopia.

A large portion of our coffee comes from the private sector too. The individuals and groups who own these mills tend to be from the region, which helps with barriers of trust, and they are often farmers themselves.

At one time, these types of private operations were unable to attain export licenses from the government board of agriculture, who reserved those rights to directly represent and market coffee to cooperative unions. Coffee from the privately held mills had to be sold through a government exchange system by law (“ECX”), where they could be blended by grade, and specific provenance removed. A change in that law occurred in 2019 offering a new frontier for private mills and buyers alike, and meant more transparency, and an ability to work together in a more direct way.

Now is prime time for choosing from a broad swath of Ethiopia coffees on the Sweet Maria’s and Coffee Shrub (big bags / wholesale) Sites

Upcoming Coffees October & November

Below is a list of upcoming green coffees currently on the schedule to be added to our website for October and November. This list is still being updated:

October Outlook:

Colombia Inzá Veredas Vecinas40
Colombia Tolima China Alta8
Ethiopia Dry Process Korate120
Ethiopia Organic Geta Bore40
Guatemala Aurelio del Cerro22
Guatemala Xinabajul La Palmira10
Java Sunda Gunung Tilu29
Kenya Nyeri Maganjo AA29
Mexico Organic Lagunilla Coop25
Nicaragua Finca Buenos Aires40
Panama Paso Ancho Carmen Estate20

November Outlook:

Burundi Dry Process Kayanza Munkaze15
Colombia Cauca Heirloom Chiroso4
Colombia Honey Process El Páramo17
Colombia Huila Sidra Cultivar10
Colombia Tolima Eduard Sandoval Chiroso10
El Salvador Honey Process Miravalles20
El Salvador Volcán San Miguel Maragogype30
Ethiopia Dry Process Kebele Keramo20
Guatemala Acatenango Gesha Lot 254
Guatemala Antigua Pulcal Inteligente71
Guatemala Patzun Finca Las Camelias53
Kenya Kirinyaga Wangerwe Estate AA11
Kenya Nyeri Igutha AB78
Nicaragua Especial Java15
Peru Eli Chilcon Flores45
Rwanda Dry Process Kanyege40
Rwanda Nyamasheke Gatare48
Sweet Maria’s Polar Expresso Holiday Blend
Sweet Maria's Coffee Shrub Coffee Sourcerer
Sweet Maria’s Coffee Shrub Coffee Sourcerer

Incoming coffees currently on the water: November onward

Please keep in mind that the coffees on the Upcoming Coffee Outlook schedule with a location status of “In Transit” are still a bit of a wild card, and the month we have them listed under is based on the current shipping ETA, and subject to interruptions out of our control. Thanks for your patience!

African Incoming Coffees

Burundi Kayanza Gahahe40
Burundi Kayanza Gakenke40
Burundi Kayanza Kibingo Station40
Burundi Kayanza Nemba40
Buruni Honey Process Masha40
Burundi Dry Process Kibingo60
Burundi Dry Process Gahahe60
Rwanda Rulindo Tumba80
Rwanda Kivu Kageyo40
Rwanda Nyamasheke Gitwe54
Rwanda Karongi Gitesi40
Rwanda Nyamasheke Mutovu45
Rwanda Kivu Kageyo Peaberry30
Rwanda Dry Process Kageyo8
Rwanda Honey Process Gitwe20
Rwanda Rubavu Rwinyoni40
Rwanda Ngororero40
Rwanda Nyamashek Nyaco40
Rwanda Nyamashek Kanyege50
Rwanda Dry Process Nyamyumba26
Rwanda Honey Process Kibirizi50
Rwanda Dry Process Mashesha26
Rwanda Dry Process Nyamiyaga16
Rwanda Dry Process Nyakabingo32
Rwanda Gitwe Peaberry30
Rwanda Kivu Kageyo Lot 225
Rwanda Dry Process Gitwe21
Rwanda Rusizi Mushaka50

Indonesia & SE Asia Incoming Coffees

Flores Albertus & Reti20
Flores Bajawa Anaerobic Honey25
Flores Wet Hulled Bajawa Wawo Wae47
Java Sunda Anaerobic Honey15
Java Sunda Cirambai40
Java Sunda Iyan55
Java Sunda Ribang Gayo20
Java Sunda Wet Hulled #150
Java Sunda Wet Hulled #230
Java Sunda Wet Hulled Dani30
Papua New Guinea Dry Process Baroida30
Papua New Guinea Honey Process Baroida30
Papua New Guinea Morita30
Papua New Guinea Tairora30
Sulawesi Dry Process Topidi8
Sulawesi Kahayya Village15
Sumatra Aceh Bebesen Aulia60
Sumatra Anaerobic Dry Process Pendekar20
Sumatra Anaerobic Kerinci Pendekar20
Sumatra Anaerobic Wet Hulled Aulia20
Sumatra Honey Process Kerinci Pendekar20
Sumatra Kerinci Pendekar Coop50
Sumatra Lintong Sigumpar Village30
Timor Leste Dry Process Daurfusu20
Timor Leste Hatletegeo30
Timor Leste Honey Process Daurfusu20
Timor Leste Manulo25
Timor Leste Sabelu25

South America Incoming Coffees

Brazil Dry Process Carlos & Dani64
Brazil Dry Process Martas30
Brazil Dry Process Lote Marcio28
Brazil Dry Process Pulp Natural Laura Beto78
Brazil Pulp Natural Wania Maria60
Brazil Yellow Honey Carlos Henrque60
Brazil Dry Process Sertao Yellow Bourbon60
Brazil Dry Process Santa Ines70
Brazil Pulp Natural Santa Ines55
Brazil Dry Process Pedra Branca60
Brazil Dry Process Fazenda Sertao70
Brazil Jose da Conceicao52
Brazil Dry Process19
Brazil Matheus de Oleivera Pereira21
Brazil Amarildo Jose Borges39
Brazil Flávio Caixeta Nunes49
Brazil Marcio Martins Ferreira48
Brazil Luis Otavio Turati32
Peru Associación de Mujeres Lot `40
Peru Luz Mely Sanchez50
Peru Olivera Diaz Marcial40
Peru San Jose El Diamante40
Peru Associación de Mujeres Lot 230
Peru San Antonio25
Peru Edilberto25
Peru Dry Process Alto Pirias29
Peru Perlamayo30
Peru San Ignacio20
Peru Mika31

Central American Incoming Coffees

Honduras Edwin Sabillon Parainema11
Honduras Alexis Piñeda Pacas11
Honduras Dry Process Sabillon Parainema12
Honduras Maria Isabel Parainema11
Honduras Carlos Sagastume Pacas10
Honduras Honey Process Carlos Sagastume14
Honduras Esteban Madrid Parainema11
Honduras Teodosa Moreno Parainema5
Honduras Honey Process Cabañas26
Honduras San Vicente Comunidad Cabañas30

6 Responses

  1. Our company CHANAEL TRADING PLC is one of the best supplier of green coffee beans in Ethiopia From Guji Zone Oromia region. If you have any interest don’t hesitate to contact us please. Our lot is Shakiso (Sawana, Hangadi, Dambi Udo and Magado) and Sakkicha, Killenso, Dogo Bulchan.

  2. it is absolutely marvelous to see even the lower quality coffee from Ethiopia getting attention. Imagine what it will be like if you start talking about the GUJI, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, Ethiopian Gesha, Gimbi, Lekempt,Andracha, Bench, Kaffa, Bebeka, Limu and I don’t even think I mentioned half of what is available.
    Keep up the good work SWEET MARIA and it will pay you back in time.

    1. It is coming soon but has been delayed a bit. So not late October as scheduled, likely now mid November. Sorry!

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