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The Idido cooperative is near the small, bustling town of Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Over 1,000 members contribute coffee from farms are spread out through some of the highest-altitude coffee growing areas in the region. Yirgacheffe is where coffee is said to have been first discovered. It is consistently one of the finest coffees year in, year out.
Blackhall Roasters opened in 2007 as Bean & Leaf, a small family owned cafe/roastery in New London, CT. The roastery officially separated from the cafe in 2009 when it became impossible to keep up with the deliveries of 70 kilo coffee bags into the cafe.
A fork lift was required to handle the volume and the cafe was just not working for these deliveries. A workable local facility was found and the roastery moved and continued to supply the cafe as well as many other cafes and restaurants in Connecticut. In 2014 it was decided that a move to a larger facility would be advantageous as the old roastery had some insurmountable issues. A good location became available on Blackhall Street in New London and the move was made. A name change was being kicked around due to some confusion with the original name of Bean & Leaf (part of the operation was a loose leaf tea business). Several names were kicked around but "Blackhall" stuck.
Blackhall Roasters continues to produce small batch, human controlled roasts of the best green organic and mostly Fairly Traded coffees that can be sourced. A loyal following has remained firmly behind the company and make no secret of the fact that the owners will be run to ground if the coffee stops flowing... That's OK... Blackhall Roasters loves roasting great coffee and have no desire to do anything else!
Ethiopia is where Coffea arabica, the coffee plant, originates. The plant is now grown in various parts of the world.
Coffee production in Ethiopia is a longstanding tradition. Ethiopia itself accounts for around 3% of the global coffee market. Coffee is important to the economy of Ethiopia; around 60% of foreign income comes from coffee, with an estimated 15 million of the population relying on some aspect of coffee production for their livelihood. In 2006, coffee exports brought in $350 million, equivalent to 34% of that year's total exports.