The largest coffee producer and consumer in Africa, and the place from where the plant spread throughout the world, Ethiopia holds a special place in the heart of most coffee lovers. Coffee is a vital part of Ethiopia’s economy, and the local market has seen major changes in recent years, with growing numbers of producers and cooperatives exporting their lots directly and independently of the state-run Commodity Exchange. The region’s coffees are known for their delicate, floral and tea-like qualities and flavors, and the country produces award-winning coffees on a yearly basis.