Ethiopia Alaka Natural
HAMBELA DISTRICT, ETHIOPIA
Producer 650 Smallholder Farmers
Washing Station Hambela Alaka, METAD
Region Hambela District, Guji, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Cultivar Heirloom Varietals
Processing Full natural and dried on raised beds
Elevation 1900 – 2200 masl
Hibiscus, Strawberry, Milk Chocolate
Ethiopia Alaka is a naturally processed heirloom coffee sourced from the Hambela Coffee Estate. This particular lot comes from the Hambela Alaka washing station located in the kebele from which the name is derived. 650 smallholder farmers from around Alaka bring their cherries to the washing station which is owned and operated by METAD. METAD’s robust team is managed and directed by Aman Adinew, who brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience working at the executive level of multiple fortune 500 companies. Farmers are given direct training and guidance from the METAD team from the very start. This includes the provision of free seedlings and professional guidance at every stage of the production process.
Under the leadership of Adinew, METAD has strengthened the local community with employment opportunities including a workforce that is over seventy percent women, educational opportunities including university scholarships and sponsorship for a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than 700 students, and healthcare for employees. METAD was also first to partner with Grounds for Health in Ethiopia to implement a successful cervical cancer screening program for women within the coffee growing communities. METAD has an expanding Out-grower program designed to provide technical assistance, share modern farming equipment, and provide certification programs for more than 5,000 local farmers who are paid premiums for their cherry and second payments after coffee is sold. Quality and certification premiums have also helped METAD build roads and community centers. METAD has the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab on the African continent used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.
This is one of the cleanest naturals we have had from the Hambela Coffee Estate. The cup has bright and crisp notes of hibiscus and strawberry acidity followed by a lingering velvety milk chocolate finish. Enjoy!