Ethiopia Bench Maji

A unique, characteristic and delicious Ethiopian coffee from the Bench Maji co-operative in the Central Highlands of Ethiopia.

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Product Description

Coffee: Ethiopian Coffee

Region: Bench Maji

Altitude: 900-1200 metres

Farm: Various within the Bench Maji co-operative


An exceptional Ethiopian coffee – Bench Maji is a union of 65 primary coffee cooperatives based in South West Ethiopia. Started in 2005, it now has over 130,000 Smallholder member farmers who, alongside coffee, also produce other products such as honey and spices. The union was set up to market their outstanding coffee whilst improving the lives of the farmers and families who live and work there.

Many people say that Ethiopian coffee is the original home of this extraordinary commodity, with the first trees being grown there in the 11th century and subsequently followed by cultivation in India after a curious traveller smuggled some coffee beans out of Africa in the lines of his clothing.

Bench Maji coffee is unique – it is harvested from the wild. This is not uncommon in Ethiopia and lots of its coffee grows in forests. The wild coffee trees benefit from natural shade and all coffee beans are harvested by hand.

We roast this coffee medium to bring out the most unique and delicious flavours. In the cup, you can expect flavours of delicate fruit, cherry and low acidity.

We recommend brewing this coffee as a filter or pourover. Use 19g of finely ground coffee per 250ml of water.


H.R. Higgins sources all of its coffee through long-established relationships with individual coffee farms, cooperatives and trusted coffee partners. In most cases, we have direct relationships with farmers which span decades.

Sustainability is a hugely important factor to us as a business and now, more generally in the wider coffee industry. The most important part of the entire
coffee process is that the coffee farmers, their families and their communities
all benefit from our relationships. Specifically, we work with farms that care for
the local environment, and support both their workers and their families. This is the first and most crucial step in the process of producing exceptional coffee.

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