From 16th – 18th February 2012, multitudes of regional and international coffee roasters, traders, producers, professionals and connoisseurs will descend upon Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 9th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition that will be held at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) – a state of the art center in the heart of the city.

Ethiopia is famous world over for being one of the oldest nations, with its long recorded rich and proud history dating back to at least 3000 years. The country is known to be the original home of mankind, owing to the various discoveries of humanoid fossils like the 3.2 million years old Australopithecine afarensis “Lucy” (locally known as Dinkinesh) and the recent discovery “Ardi” that lived more than 4.4 million years ago.

Coffee originates in Ethiopia, making the country even more renowned for this precious gift to the world. In what is considered as one of the greatest stories ever told, a young Abyssinian goat herder named Kaldi noticed to his amazement, that after chewing the bright red berries from a tree, the goats pranced in an unusual frisky manner. He too tried the berries and enjoyed their stimulating effect. A monk from a neighbouring monastery, who found Kaldi in this invigorating state, decided to try the berries with his friars. They all felt alert during their night prayers. Soon the news spread and all the monks of the realm were chewing the berries before their night prayer.

Ethiopia is Africa’s largest coffee producer with highly sought after origin coffees. It is also the only producing country in Africa with a traditional coffee drinking culture. This tradition is reflected in the unique and attractive coffee ceremony, a daily ritual performed by women. In terms of proportion of production over consumption, Ethiopia is the biggest consumer of all African producing countries, by locally consuming close to half of what it produces.

The city of Addis Ababa which is the Ethiopian capital, hosts the headquarters of various international organizations, amongst which are the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Addis Ababa lies at the foot of Mt Entoto at an altitude of 7546 feet, making it the third highest capital in the world.

The upcoming EAFCA conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will provide an excellent mix of regional and international speakers presenting a wide range of coffee topics such as Climate Change, World Coffee Market, Gender (women in coffee) and EAFCA Country Profiles and much more.

The large exhibition area offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best coffees and affiliated services providing ample opportunity to network with coffee luminaries from all over the world. This will be the perfect platform for gathering valuable coffee information, building trade relations and buyer and seller interaction.

As always with every EAFCA conference, there will be a full program of exciting social activities including spouse programs, coffee safaris and recreational activities.

Visit our conference website for the latest updates on the event including information on registration, hotel accommodation, flights and much more.