Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that coffee arabica grew wild. Coffee is “Buna” in Ethiopia. Coffee Arabica is found in Kaffa, Sidama, Yirga cheffe, Harar, Limmu and different parts of Ethiopia. The Kaffa region in the South-west Ethiopia is the origin of the genetic diversity of Coffea Arabica, the most popular type of coffee in the world.
Arrival in Addis in the morning at Bole Airport, transfer to hotel.Visit of Addis Ababa: Tomoca coffee shop (Piazza), Kaldis Coffee Shops and Mercato/Entoto Mountains. If time permits, add the national museum or one of its beautiful churches (St-George Cathedral, Holy Trinity church or Bole Medhane Alem Cathedral) In the evening traditional dinner in Cultural Restaurant. Hotel Addis Ababa (Upgrade 3 star or 4 star)
Leave Addis and drive to Jimma, 350 km drive from Addis. Lunch on the way, Welkite for exemple. Stop in Jimma for Coffee Statue.
In the morning visit Limu Kossa Coffee Plantation. Drive back to Jimma for lunch. If time permits visit of Jimma Agricultural Research Center (Jarco). Drive to Mizan Teferi by Bongo and Wush Wush Tea Estate. Either spend the night in Bebeka or in Mizan Teferi.
Visit of the largest and oldest coffee estate in Ethiopia, in Bebeka, recently taken over by the Midroc Group.
Today drive to Tepi to visit the Coffee Plantation of Tepi. Lunch in Tepi Guesthouse close to the Estate. Return to Bebeka or Mizan.
Visit of the Karo people. Camping in Murulle.
Via Boditi, Shashemene and Awasa travel to Yirga Alem, in the Sidama region. Stay in Aregash Lodge. Rest of the day can be spent by walks and a traditional coffee ceremony or visit in the area to see coffee farmers.
Visit of Sidamo coffee region: Cola washing station & Efico Foundation project.
Drive more south to visit coffee plantations, coffe union projects in Yirga Cheffe. Visit Manchiti Rock Engravings on the way close to Dilla. Return to Yirga Alem in the evening.
Drive back to Addis. Stop for Oromo graves and lunch in Zway, see waterbirds on the Zway lake. Visit Dry Mills Kuru.