Starbucks co-founder describes Ethiopian drink made from coffee husks

April 7th, 2010 | by addis portal |

Jerry Baldwin, a co-founder of Starbucks and one-time chairman of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, recently visited Ethiopia, where he drank qishr, which is made from the husks of coffee cherries (which yield seeds that become the coffee beans in your espresso).

In a post today at, Baldwin describes the social aspect of qishr among the Kara people in the Omo River Valley. It’s an intimate look at a little-known aspect of coffee culture in Ethiopia, which he points out is one of the few coffee-growing countries that consumes a significant portion of its own crop.

A commenter on the post mentions buying coffee husks at Sweet Maria’s, a popular online source for green coffee.

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