Secretary Kerry Congratulates Ethiopia Commodity Exchange for their Achievement

Secretary of State John Kerry drinks a cup of coffee during a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Secretary of State John Kerry drinks a cup of coffee during a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Seated are Tadele Abraha, Secretary Kerry, Antennah Assefa, and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller.
U.S. Embassy Ethiopia

For Immediate Release

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Addis Ababa – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) CEO Anteneh Assefa and Tadele Abraha, owner of Green Coffee, and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller in recognition of the ECX coffee laboratory becoming the first in Africa to meet the rigorous quality standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). With the certification, U.S. importers of Ethiopian coffee will be able to purchase Ethiopian coffee with confidence that the coffee they receive will be of a specific quality.

Certified labs provide consistent testing, grading and objective evaluation of coffee throughout the world. Lab inspectors ensure global compliance and are an integral part of working toward consistency in grading and evaluation of specialty coffee. Using consistent grading and adhering to international standards will increase the value of Ethiopian coffee in international markets.

The U.S. Government, through USAID, has supported the Ethiopian coffee sector for the past eight years. The current project, Agribusiness Market Development under the Feed the Future Initiative, and previous projects, provides training, capacity building and marketing support to the sector.

Coffee exports ($860 million last year) are Ethiopia’s top export earner. In 2012, Ethiopia exported $61 million of coffee to the U.S. including sales to Starbucks, Whole Foods and Green Mountain Coffee.

Related Resources

USAID Ethiopia: Agriculture and Food Security

USAID Ethiopia: Feed the Future

USAID Ethiopia: Private Sector

Last updated: August 12, 2014

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