TASTING NOTES: Exotic | Blueberry, Raspberry, Malt Chocolate
ELEVATION: 1900m - 2200m
Suggested listening: Omar - There's Nothing Like This
Gedeb is a region in southern Ethiopia, best known to coffee buyers and drinkers as Yirgacheffe. It is perhaps the most famous growing region in all of the country. Prized for its heirloom coffees, exceptional coffee growing altitudes & soil, and of course the knowledge and experience of its ancient farmers.
Yirgacheffe and the heirloom varieties of coffees grown there have traditionally been seen as the California and Chardonnay of the coffee world. Bright & complex; floral, citrus and tea like flavors dominate the cup. This is a nice analogy when discussing washed coffees from the Yirgacheffe region.
This however is a natural process coffee, meaning the fruit was dried inside the cherry. Therefore a better wine comparison for this would be more Malbec or Cabernet Sav than Chardonnay.
Deep and rich in body, intensely sweet dark and red berries dominate the flavor profile. The acidity whilst still pronounced is much heavier and less bright than a washed coffee from the same producing region.
In short Yirgacheffe/Gedeb Zone coffees are very wine-like, in so much as they are incredibly flavor complex. And at grade one level as this organic & natural offering is about as flavor complex as they come.
This particular coffee is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development PLC (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 sponsorship for a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than four hundred students, and healthcare for employees.
METAD was also the 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.
A fruit bomb of real depth, sweetness and beauty.