Coffee is a tropical, evergreen agricultural crop. Its ripe fruit, the coffee cherry, usually contains two seeds, the coffee beans whose quality depends heavily on the growing conditions of the plantations: the soil, temperature, rainfall and cultivation. Ideal conditions are found in equatorial regions. Coffee Ithaka sources its raw coffee from Ethiopia and the countries of East Africa.
Coffee Ithaka can get the best quality coffee from its origin. We have built good relationships with suppliers - exporters and traders, as well as direct relations with coffee growers. Our coffee experts regularly visit coffee-producing countries to check the quality of the coffee and its production.
Arabica and Robusta
Two types of coffee make up 99 percent of the coffee market: Arabica (Coffea arabica) and Robusta (Coffea canephora). While the Arabica coffee plant places high demands on climate, soil and cultivation, and grows almost exclusively in high altitude regions, Robusta is much more resistant to cold and humidity. It is therefore mostly cultivated in tropical lowlands. These differences are reflected in the taste. Arabica beans have an elegant and balanced flavor. Robusta beans have a fuller and stronger taste. In Coffee Ithaka, the Arabica bean is our commodity.
Certification and Sustainability.
Thanks to established and reliable certification processes, we can enable farmers to learn better farming techniques, improve working conditions and take better care of their families and the environment. Eighty percent of the world's coffee growers are small farmers. In Ethiopia, 60% of the coffee farms are small holder farms, of an average of one hectare and labor is provided by the farmer and his family. Through these certification programs farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources now and in the long run.