Ethiopia - Hambela Farm - METAD
Author | groundwork coffee Date | October 28, 2016
METAD grows and processes green Arabica coffee for export to specialty importers/roasters in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company is a third-generation, family-owned business currently led by Aman Adinew, who was also one of the founding executives and COO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX).
METAD currently owns and operates the first and only private, state-of-the-art, SCAA-certified coffee quality-control lab on the African continent. The laboratory is being used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals. The company has sustainable farming and processing operations in “Hambela,” Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State; and a processing site in “Gedeb,” Gedeo Zone (Yirgacheffe), Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regions (SNNPR) Regional State, respectively. It also has socially responsible operations where, currently, more than 70% of our Hambela Farm and Gedeb site workers are women — a percentage we hope to continually increase. A portion of all METAD profits are reinvested in the community. In addition, more than 650 elementary school students in Hambela are sponsored to ensure that they receive a world-class education.
The Hambela Farm is located in the fertile Oromia regional State, in Guji zone, between the two districts of Gedeb and Hambela, approximately 477 km (~297 miles) south of Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia), and 20 km (~12.5 miles) east of Dimtu Town (the capital of Hambela). The farm is 200 hectares. METAD has also implemented an “Out Growers Program,” in which the surrounding farmers work closely with the company (our agronomists, processing experts, etc.) to produce high-quality coffees. This is Hambela’s second harvesting season. During the first harvest in 2013/14, it produced only Natural (sun-dried) coffees. During the 2014/15 season, it implemented the Penagos Eco-Pulping machines and, for the first time, produced washed coffees. This is also the first harvest of certified organic coffee from this farm.
We have been tasting coffee from METAD for the past several years. Each year the coffee has continued to improve, and each year we discussed working with Michael and Aman Adinew to bring their coffee to Groundwork. Unfortunately, in years past, the coffee was not certified organic, so bringing it on was not an option for us. So we came up with a plan to work together to attain organic certification for the farm and hoped that the coffee and production worked out in everyone’s favor. The truth is, we really wanted to work with this group; their social and community impact echoes our own sentiments, both Michael and Aman are amazing people with a great story and history in coffee, and their product is a truly beautiful representation of Ethiopian coffee. This year, all of the collaboration, feedback, and effort paid off. We are happy to bring you the first harvest of certified organic Ethiopian coffee from the Hambela Farm produced by METAD. This is possibly the best coffee that has graced our cupping table this year, and we are really excited to share it with you.
In the cup: Floral, pineapple, red grape, Meyer lemon, juicy
Farm/Cooperative: Hambela Farm
Region: Oromia State, Guji Zone
Altitude: 1900-2200 meters
Variety: Heirloom Varieties
Processing: Fully Washed with Penagos’ Eco-Pulper, Sun Dried on raised bed
Certification: USDA Organic