This lovely coffee is from a western collection site operated by METAD that lands (barely) within in the Gedeb’s borders. Out of many, many excellent Ethiopian coffees we’ve seen pass through the port this season, we selected this lovely Banko Gotiti for release as a Crown Jewel. It is a real floral bomb, copious jasmine and coffee blossom flavors with some black tea and the slightest hint of savory herbs. It’s not shy about its fruit flavor, either: lemon verbena, apricot, and pear all make delightful featured appearances.
METAD is an impressive operation run by Aman, Michael, and Tariku Adinew, staking a claim as a center for exceptional coffee production in Ethiopia in recent years.
METAD’s coffee estate, Hambela, was part of a gift of land during the time of Emperor Haile Selassie to Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot. It is her grandchildren that now manage the farmland and the METAD Agricultural Development company. Among the many important pieces of work undertaken by METAD are their commitment to equal employment opportunities for women and education opportunities for the youth of the coffeelands, their early partnerships with Grounds for Health, and their development of Africa’s first SCAA certified lab.