ABYSSINIA

An ancient land of intricacies, interwoven cultures, histories, and religions, Ethiopia is the genealogical mother of Coffea arabica. Ethiopia -- from the Greek meaning "land of those with the sunburned faces" -- houses a population of over 100 million comprised of over 100 ethnic groups, 82 languages, and four major religions. Considered home of the lost, 12th tribe of Israel as well as the first muslim settlement in Africa at Nagash, it is also the country that Muhammad turned to in exile escaping political persecution in Arabia. King Menelik I, purported son of King Solomon of Israel and Makeda, the Queen of Sheba (or Seba, now in present day Yemen) founded  the Solomonic Empire. One of the longest reigning monarchies in human history, from 1137 AD to Haile Selassie's (aka Ras Tafari's) ouster by the communist Derg in 1974 was . Amharic the root language of Hebrew and Ariabic. One of the first nations to embrace Chrisitianity -- 1,000 years before it reached the rest of the continent -- dates back to the founding of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Discovery of the earliest human bones, roughly 4.5 million years old, in the hills above the Awash River indicate that the Great Rift Valley was the cradle of one of the first civilizations.  Ethiopia is the second most populous nation in Africa, and  -- other than a brief, four-year occupation by Mussolini -- it the only country on the continent to have never been colonized. It is present-day home to the Ark of the Covenant and some of the most beautiful coffees found on earth.

 
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ETHIOPIA

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GEDEo

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GuJI

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Kaffa

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SIDAMA

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WEST GuJI

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Sheka

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