Ethiopia is world-renowned for its vibrant, herbal seasonings and infusions. However, famine and conflict in recent decades suppressed both demand in the U.S. and supply chains, leaving Ethiopia’s economy harmed and most Americans without access to the country’s aromatic and flavorful herbal teas. But Ethiopia has largely recovered this century, and political reforms have further stabilized its industries, opening new opportunities for export farming.
We draw our herbal teas from more than 100 smallholder farmers based around Butajira in the southern highlands of rural Ethiopia. On average, they each have a land holding of less than one hectare. There, they plant, tend and harvest their crops by hand at around 7,000 feet in volcanic, nutrient-rich soil along the Rift Valley. Everything is grown organically without pesticides or fertilizers.