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36598M – ETHIOPIA HAMBELA 1 ORGANIC NATURAL BUKU SPECIAL PREP GRAINPRO coffee is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development PLC (METAD). METAD is a third generation family owned business with a rich history. After World War II, the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru – the first African female pilot and family matriarch – with land in the Guji and Sidama zones. The land was developed into the Hambela Coffee Estate.

METAD is managed by Aman Adinew who returned to Ethiopia after many years working at the executive level for fortune 500 companies. After a stint bringing much-needed organizational skills to Ethiopia’s famous ECX coffee exchange, Aman rejoined METAD in an effort to make a difference for his family and community.

Through Aman’s leadership, METAD has strengthened the local community with employment opportunities including a workforce that is over seventy percent women, educational opportunities including sponsorship for a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than four hundred 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 provides technical assistance and shares modern farming equipment with other local farmers. METAD also 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.

36598M – ETHIOPIA HAMBELA 1 ORGANIC NATURAL BUKU SPECIAL PREP GRAINPRO is a delightfully fruity and very clean coffee with flavors ranging from mixed berries to mulled wine and hibiscus tea. This somewhat dense and dry coffee didn’t require a lot of effort in the roaster: a single heat adjustment about a third of the way through the duration produced a slightly longer-than-average profile and a pleasant multi-purpose roast.