Leka Delecha, Wollega, Ethiopia

Leka Delecha is a district west of Ghimbi town. In the past, much of the coffees produced in this area have been sold as “Lekempti,” meaning they have been traded through the city of Nekempte. In actuality, they come from further west in East Wollega, also called Misraq Wellega, which is the Gimbi woreda (district/state).”

Names can be confusing, especially in Ethiopia, it seems. Gimbi is not the same as the trade name, “Ghimbi,” used to designate dry-processed coffees from the same area, most of which eventually end up in Addis Ababa under some less specific name. Direct trade is changing this ambiguity and allowing new and more transparent coffee sourcing-- especially appropriate from the standpoint that Ethiopia is considered the “birthplace” of coffee.

Leka Delecha is a district west of Ghimbi town. In the past, much of the coffees produced in this area have been sold as “Lekempti,” meaning they have been traded through the city of Nekempte. In actuality, they come from further west in East Wollega, also called Misraq Wellega, which is the Gimbi woreda (district/state).”

Names can be confusing, especially in Ethiopia, it seems. Gimbi is not the same as the trade name, “Ghimbi,” used to designate dry-processed coffees from the same area, most of which eventually end up in Addis Ababa under some less specific name. Direct trade is changing this ambiguity and allowing new and more transparent coffee sourcing-- especially appropriate from the standpoint that Ethiopia is considered the “birthplace” of coffee.

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