It’s origin time and to make things a tad exciting, I’ve concocted a fun little quiz to test your coffee knowledge. No cheating now! And to be straight up honest, there are no prizes for getting all the questions right, just the pride of being a well-educated coffee connoisseur. Are you ready to rumble?

The Questions!

1. Coffee was born:

a) In the deserts of Ethiopia
b) On the highlands of Ethiopia
c) In the tropical rainforests of Ethiopia

2. What type of coffee grows wild in Ethiopia?

a) Instant
b) Arabica
c) Robusta

3. Sacred Grounds’ Ethiopian Limu origin is sourced from the:

a) Ethiopian Coffee Growers Cooperative Union (ECGCU)
b) Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperatives Union (YCFCU)
c) Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU)

4. This Co-op has…

a) 208,728 farmer members
b) 141,345 farmer members
c) 324,569 farmer members

 5. Members grow these crops with coffee plants:

a) Bananas
b) A range of veggies
c) Citrus plants
d) All of the above

6. The Co-op uses this sustainable farming technique:

a) Natural fertilisers
b) Forest growing plants
c) Composting
d) All of the above

7. The Fairtrade premium has been used to build:

a) 15 schools
b) 43 health clinics
c) 5 sorting factories

8. This Co-op is responsible for:

a) 76% of Ethiopian coffee
b) 65% of Ethiopian coffee
c) 43% of Ethiopian coffee

9. Co-ops receive a net profit of:

a) 70%
b) 50%
c) 90%

10. And the taste? Ethiopian Limu has hints of:

a) Chocolate with a nutty flavour and a fruity cherry finish
b) Blackcurrant with dark cocoa and soft spice
c) Citrus lime with notes of stone fruit and a hint of spice

Let’s see how well you did in the first Sacred Grounds Quiz!

The Answers!

1. B – That’s right, coffee was born in the Ethiopian Highlands, nigh on 800-1000 years ago. Now, the good stuff is grown in around 50 countries and provides a livelihood to 25 million people across the globe!

2. B – Arabica coffee is actually native to Ethiopia and it still grows wild in the regions of Kaffa and Buno. Ethiopia is the third largest coffee growing nation in Africa with 98% of their coffee grown on small farms.

3. C – The Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) consists of 171
co-ops supporting 180,080 households. Impressively, the members of this union 57 wet mills (pulperies), 16 hulleries and 71 coffee warehouses. They also have a cupping lab to ensure high quality of the beans and a high tech processing factory.

4. A – Yes, this union supports 208,728 farmers, including 22,302 female farmers, ensuring thousands of Ethiopian families have a reliable and fair income.

5. D – Farmers are encouraged to grow a variety of crops amongst their coffee plants for consumption. They have also supplied around 200 beehives to their members to keep plants thriving.

6. D – The Union provides loads of training for members on sustainable farming techniques including composting the by-products of coffee production, planting shade trees for crops and what natural fertilisers to use. Because of this, the OCFCU’s coffee beans are bird-friendly, forest-grown and organic!

7. A – In those 15 schools, the OCFCU has built 42 classrooms and a pre-school. The Fairtrade premium has also been used to create four health clinics and 56 clean water stations for local farming communities. Farmers have also been able to use the extra cash to buy livestock and fix buildings.

8. B – The largest Fairtrade Union in Ethiopia, the OCFCU is located in the Oromia State in the southern and southwest part of the country. Coffee is grown at 1500-2000m, often in mountainous, rainforest environments.

9. A – Because there’s no middleman (ie the co-ops do the picking and processing etc), the profit is higher than a lot of other Fairtrade co-ops. The OCFCU is the biggest shareholder in the Bank of Oramia, giving their members more accessibility to small business loans.

10. C – This beautiful origin is a medium roast coffee with delightful fruity notes from start to finish!

Now that your head is FULL up with Ethiopian coffee knowledge, why not try our Coffee Origin of the month! Order here.

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Emma Watson

From creating her own ‘Ozzie Mozzie Editorial’ newspaper when she was 10 to writing for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, Emma has always loved to write. She spends her time looking after her two kids and tapping away at the keyboard blogging at filmandfood.com.au, writing for Howards Storage World and of course, for Sacred Grounds Organic. Her love of a good small cappuccino (with one sugar!) and social justice makes this a match made in heaven. Emma loves a good book, travelling and hanging at the beach with her little crew.

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