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Many believe Ethiopia to be the birthplace of coffee (not South America, which others believe) and coffee trees blossomed in an area called "Kaffa" (in present day Ethiopia) and the trees were called "Kafa," which sounds a lot like coffee! According to legend, Kaldi, a 9th-century goat-herder, discovered the coffee plant in Ethiopia after noticing the energizing effect the plant had on his flock. i love ethiopian coffee
Ethiopia is the world's 5th largest producer of coffee, and Africa's top producer, with 260,000 metric tonnes in 2006. Half of the coffee is consumed by Ethiopians and the country leads the continent in domestic consumption. The major markets for Ethiopian coffee are the EU (about half of exports), East Asia (about a quarter) and North America.