Save the Sheko Forest - The origin of Coffee

Save the Sheko Forest - The origin of Coffee

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Fiona Tuite started this petition to International Coffee Community and

The Sheko Forest in Ethiopia is the origin of the domestication of Arabica coffee. Its strongly believed that coffee originated in this very spot, four thousand years ago. This wild coffee grows here naturally, unli9ke other places in the world, where the coffee plant needs to be planted. This provides a beautiful natural coffee which is produced by the Bench Maji Co-op who are trying to preserve the Sheko forest.

The forest is part of the Sheko population, indigenous to the area. They place high cultural, religious and spiritual importance on the forest. So important is the Sheko forest that the population only enter the forest during harvesting seasons.

Unfortunately there are a number of factors that is causing the Sheko forest to decrease and be lost. The WWF estimate that the naturally occurring forests in Ethiopia have declined by over 300% in the last 30 years. The two main factors for this are deforestation and the Ethiopian government. Due to its uniqueness, this coffee does not farm as high a yield as other, hybrid, more profitable coffee's. This means the government does not place enough importance on trying to preserve this wonderful piece of coffee history.

So... What can be done?

As the consumers, baristas, coffee drinkers and people within the coffee industry we should not only be championing the evolution of coffee with new flavours and techniques but also working to preserve the history which is often forgotten.

How can we evolve in the future if we can't learn from the past?

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