Jimma is the birthplace of coffee Arabica. The famous Ethiopian legend tells the story of Kaldi who noticed how excited his sheep became after eating fruit from a certain tree in Jimma zone Gomma district, Choche Ketta Mudouga. Curious, Kaldi tried the fruit. Soon he was bursting with energy.
Jima, also spelled Jimma, town, southwestern Ethiopia, 220 miles (353 km) by road southwest of Addis Ababa. It lies at an elevation of 5,740 feet (1,750 metres) in a forested region known for its coffee plantations. Jima serves as the commercial centre for the region, handling coffee and other products.