Ethiopia Guji Alaka



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Ethiopia Hambela Alaka Washed

This lot comes from the Alaka collection site of the Hambela estate of the METAD farming enterprise. The farm’s roots stem from a land grant from emperor Haile Selasse to Muluemebet Emiru, the country’s first female fighter pilot; her grandsons now run a large and sophisticated agricultural business, with coffee growing sites and purchasing stations in multiple regions in Ethiopia, including this one, located in Guji’s Hambela Wamena district.

The operation is itself home to the African continent’s only SCA-certified coffee lab, and METAD’s technical know-how in growing and processing top quality green coffee is always apparent in its extremely clean lots and pristine flavor profiles. As a general practice, we prioritize coffee purchases from cooperatives and small farms, in order to maximize whatever financial impacts the premiums we pay on our modest volumes might enable, so purchasing from a business the size and scope of METAD feels a little weird. But coffee is a complicated business. Not all coffee growers belong to cooperatives, and many prefer to deliver to privately-held mills and washing stations like that of METAD, for a variety of reasons. And METAD itself is pretty exceptional in its relation to the communities surrounding its operations, providing funds for infrastructure and education, along with the premiums (and technical guidance) that go a long way towards securing quality coffee.

This is a complex and interesting washed coffee. Initial sample roasts showed what we might think of as a linear profile, featuring crisp florals, simple syrup and green notes, both sweet and savory, like thyme and hops and honeydew melon. But subsequent roasts have also hinted at myriad red and yellow fruits-—ripe, but understated. We are just starting with our production roasts of this coffee, here at the middle of November, and are looking forward to seeing what we discover over the next few months while working with 8+

  • Location: Guji
  • Elevation: 1900-2200 MASL
  • Varietal: heirloom
  • Process: washed and dried on raised beds

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12 oz, 2 lbs, 5 lbs