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This coffee shares its name with the better-known Bourbon variety from Central and South America, though it’s actually a different cultivar altogether, while ‘Keffa’ is the name for the area coffee is first thought to have grown from.
This coffee is a good example of how most beans from Ethiopia get to market, through the ECX trading system. Farmers collect cherries from their own small plots of land—most own less than half an acre of land themselves—delivering the cherry by weight to nearby mills, receiving payment at the market rate. From here the coffee is sorted and processed, losing individual farmer info such as harvest and farm lot—with the ECX trading system, you’re buying from the area, not the individual farmer.