Join Catalyst Trade for a Founders Access Event on Current Events and the 2023 Harvest.
Catalyst Trade’s Co-Founders Zele, Emily and Michael will convene on Thursday, Feb. 9 to discuss the current state of coffee—and we need your questions.
Last year’s event via Zoom provided valuable insight for the founders and participants, and helped us hold the line on coffee quality, while making sure our producer partners felt supported amidst the ongoing economic and political shocks facing the coffee producing nation.
This year many of the same problems face Ethiopia. The potential solutions, however, may not necessarily be the same. Register for your spot at this free online event.
What We’ll Discuss
Current Events in Ethiopia and their effect on the Coffee Industry
2023 Harvest Updates
Clues of what to expect this year as a buyer of Ethiopian coffee
More of the topics that interest you (tell us what they are!)
Let us know: What questions do you have about coffee in Ethiopia this year?
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Read some of last year’s insight, drawn from our CEO’s recap in Daily Coffee News.
In Tumultuous Times, Ethiopian Coffee Deserves the World’s Support
One key result is the steep inflation Ethiopia is currently experiencing, with estimates of about 35% in December 2021. Critical inputs for coffee processing have doubled, tripled or more in cost, as have basic supplies such as nails for drying beds or fuel for trucks.
Possibly the greatest direct reason that coffee prices have risen so much in Ethiopia is due to the increase in cherry prices…For once, smallholder producers are on the winning side of the economic equation, though history suggests this will not last long.
Many producers have adjusted their strategies to focus exclusively or primarily on experimental processing lots. This may pose some risk due to the inherent technical challenges related to quality processing…
The global market may witness a deluge of mediocre experimental lots from Ethiopia in addition to the truly special lots.