Coffee Language : Market Names

There are literally thousands of market names in the coffee trade, but only the most famous find their way into the vocabulary of the specialty-coffee retailer. Some derive from the name of a district, province, or state; others from a mountain range or similar landmark; others from a nearby important city; and still others from the name of a port or shipping point. Oaxaca coffees from Mexico are named for the state of Oaxaca; the Kilimanjaro coffees of Tanzania for the slopes of the mountain on which these coffees are grown. The Harrar coffees of Ethiopia take their name from the province and city of Harrar; the Santos coffees of Brazil from the name of the port through which they are traditionally shipped.