'Coffee condoms' appeal to java-crazy Ethiopians
Washington D.C.-based charity DKT International says the novelty product addresses a serious issue.
Ethiopia has an AIDS rate of 2.1 percent, and in the capital Addis Ababa it is more than 7 percent, according to government estimates.
Andrew Piller, director of DKT's local chapter, said the aim of the coffee condoms was not to make money, but to make condom-users more comfortable.
DKT has noted some users' complaints about the latex scent of plain condoms, and has also tried to market condoms in other parts of the world tailored to local tastes, including those scented with the infamously stinky durian fruit in Indonesia and sweet-corn fragranced condoms in China.
In Ethiopia, consumers purchased some 300,000 coffee condoms during one week in September, the month the product was introduced here."Everybody likes the flavor of coffee," says a DKT spokeswoman, Emebet Abu. The condoms sell in packs of three for 1 birr, or about 11 cents -- about half the price of a cup of coffee in one of Addis Ababa's many sidewalk cafes, and much cheaper than unsubsidized condoms.
After all they already invented a strawberry flavored condom, so why stop, right?