Your guide to Ethiopian coffee

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A guide to Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopia was one of the first regions in the world to begin producing and drinking coffee. It’s this rich coffee history and the many generations of experienced farmers that give Ethiopia its reputation as a premium coffee growing region.

But what does Ethiopian coffee taste like? Which Nespresso coffees contain Ethiopian Arabica? And what are the best Ethiopian coffee recipes?

Join us on a guided tour to discover all there is to know about Nespresso’s Master Origin single origin Ethiopian coffee and coffee blends.

Ethiopian coffee beans

How is Ethiopian coffee grown and harvested?

Ethiopia is the largest producer of Arabica coffee in Africa, with more than 1.2 million smallholder farmers. The way that farmers grow and cultivate coffee is a way that has survived generations.

Farmers in the region have developed a process that uses unwashed, wilder tasting coffee. The dry method involves taking whole coffee cherries and spreading them out in the hot sun. By keeping the cherries on throughout the drying process, the coffee retains its sweet aromatic flowery flavour.

Defected beans are removed by hand to ensure that only the highest quality of coffee is used in Nespresso. Once dried, the beans are moved into a hulling machine where they are cleaned.

The seed of the coffee cherry (called the green bean) is then transported to Nespresso’s roasting facilities in Switzerland where it’s blended and roasted to Nespresso’s precise standards. Finally, it’s ground and encapsulated, ready for your enjoyment.

Ethiopian coffee: a sustainable process

Ethiopia’s coffee process may seem simple, but there’s more to it than you might realise. Continual hand-turning of the coffee cherries ensures even drying. This technique calls for great care and Ethiopian farmers have used this method longer than anyone else.

Today, Nespresso’s long-term partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, through the AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program ensures that more than 80% of coffee comes from AAA farms and more than 40% of all Nespresso coffee comes straight from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

The AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program works with farmers in countries such as Ethiopia to safeguard sustainable quality and productivity within the coffee supply.

What does Ethiopian coffee taste like?

Nespresso’s Master Origin Ethiopia blend is a fragrant and slightly wild tasting coffee. The method applied to Nespresso’s Ethiopian Arabica beans results in a very aromatic cup. You can expect some delicate floral hints and some notes of musk, a sweet and fresh orange blossom aroma that is complimented by its rich fruit jam notes.

Coffee beans – a little taste of Ethiopia

Master Origin

Ethiopia - Dry Processed Single Origin Coffee

With just one sip of this single origin coffee, you’ll be taken on a delicious journey into the heart of one of the best coffee growing regions in the world.

Other Ethiopian coffee blends

Vivalto Lungo

Ethiopian Arabica adds its floral touch to this complex and contrasting blend. The South American Arabicas, grown at high altitude, bring a light acidity, and the Cerrado coffee from Brazil reinforces the character and develops the bitterness.

Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato

Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato is a complex blend of decaffeinated Arabicas from several origins including Ethiopia and Colombia.

Ethiopia coffee recipes

Ethiopian Delight

Perfectly balanced, our Ethiopian Delight is a subtly sweet and velvety cappuccino recipe. Add rose petals and chocolate flakes for the ultimate tasting experience.


  • 1 capsule of Ethiopia (40ml)
  • 120ml full cream milk
  • 1 tsp condensed milk
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • Edible rose petals and/or chocolate flakes to garnish


  • 1 capsule of Ethiopia (40ml)
  • 120ml full cream milk
  • 1 tsp condensed milk
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • Edible rose petals and/or chocolate flakes to garnish

Ethiopia Over Ice

A refreshing iced coffee recipe with an exotic twist.


  • 90g ice cubes (3 ice cubes)
  • 1 capsule of Ethiopia (40ml)
  • 0ml water
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5ml) of powdered coriander seeds


  • Add ice cubes to your 300ml recipe glass
  • Extract Master Origin Ethiopia coffee capsules
  • Add water
  • Mix in coriander seeds

Try for yourself

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