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The Coffee & Tea Authority, Dire Dawa Branch

The Coffee & Tea Authority, Dire Dawa Branch

There are two grading stations and open-cry auction houses in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa. All coffees aside from cooperative union lots must go through the auction. Trucks come in and line up on the side street, a sample is pulled, each lot is cupped and graded. The auction is at 3 pm, and by the time you walk downstairs to the street, the trucks are headed off to the exporter who bought the lot. A simple, direct system