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Organic Ethiopia Hambela Alaka comes to us from our friends at Royal Coffee in Emeryville, CA. This coffee is grown on the Hambela Estate in the Guji Zone of Ethiopia’s Oromia region, hailing specifically from the Alaka washing station. A massive center of coffee production, the Hambela Estate, run by the Adinew family, is known the world over for the exceptional quality of their coffees, and this lot is no exception. Here’s what Royal has to say about the Hambela Estate and the Adinew family’s company, METAD:

“METAD is a third generation family owned business with a rich history that began after World War II when the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot and family matriarch, with land in the Guji and Sidama zones that has become the Hambela Coffee Estate. METAD is managed by Aman Adinew who returned to Ethiopia after many years working abroad at the executive level for multiple fortune 500 companies because he wanted 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 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.”

On the cupping table, this coffee wowed us with its delicious notes of thyme and lemon, deftly balanced with honeyed sweetness and a soft, round body. A truly special lot, this coffee is elegant without sacrificing drinkability; it is both chuggable and worthy of contemplating. Exceptional in any brewing method, this coffee shines in filtered drip brewing. The year has just begun, but this Hambela is already one of our favorite coffees of 2019. We think you’ll dig it too.

SPECIFICATIONS

ORIGIN // Ethiopia
REGION // Hamebla Wamena, Guji Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia
FARM + PRODUCER // Hambela Coffee Farm
TASTE // Honey + Thyme + Lemon
PROCESS // Washed
ALTITUDE // 1900-2200 meters
HARVEST // October - December
VARIETAL // Indigenous heirloom varieties
CERTIFICATIONS // USDA Organic

WE RECOMMEND

Organic Ethiopia Hambela Alaka

Organic Ethiopia Hambela Alaka

Regular price $ 18.50

All orders placed by 3:00pm PST will ship the following business day. All orders placed after 3:00pm PST will ship on the second business day.

Organic Ethiopia Hambela Alaka comes to us from our friends at Royal Coffee in Emeryville, CA. This coffee is grown on the Hambela Estate in the Guji Zone of Ethiopia’s Oromia region, hailing specifically from the Alaka washing station. A massive center of coffee production, the Hambela Estate, run by the Adinew family, is known the world over for the exceptional quality of their coffees, and this lot is no exception. Here’s what Royal has to say about the Hambela Estate and the Adinew family’s company, METAD:

“METAD is a third generation family owned business with a rich history that began after World War II when the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot and family matriarch, with land in the Guji and Sidama zones that has become the Hambela Coffee Estate. METAD is managed by Aman Adinew who returned to Ethiopia after many years working abroad at the executive level for multiple fortune 500 companies because he wanted 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 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.”

On the cupping table, this coffee wowed us with its delicious notes of thyme and lemon, deftly balanced with honeyed sweetness and a soft, round body. A truly special lot, this coffee is elegant without sacrificing drinkability; it is both chuggable and worthy of contemplating. Exceptional in any brewing method, this coffee shines in filtered drip brewing. The year has just begun, but this Hambela is already one of our favorite coffees of 2019. We think you’ll dig it too.

SPECIFICATIONS

ORIGIN // Ethiopia
REGION // Hamebla Wamena, Guji Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia
FARM + PRODUCER // Hambela Coffee Farm
TASTE // Honey + Thyme + Lemon
PROCESS // Washed
ALTITUDE // 1900-2200 meters
HARVEST // October - December
VARIETAL // Indigenous heirloom varieties
CERTIFICATIONS // USDA Organic

WE RECOMMEND