Ethiopia Buku Community - Hambela Estate - OrganicContrabean Roasting Company
A new organic lot from the Buku Community at the Hambela Estate.
Black Tea, Jasmine, Candied Lemon, Nectarine Fragrance, Aroma and Flavour Notes. Clean, medium body.
This particular coffee is from smallholder farmers with the Buku community where the Hambela Estate provides pre- and post-harvest training in agricultural and business management. These trainings include agriculture and business management help, with the intention of reaching beyond simply getting better coffee to create better, mores sustainable communities.
The Hambela Estate has a rich and fascinating history. After World War II the lands were a gift from Emperor Haile Selassie to Muluemebet Emiru, Africa’s first female pilot. Emiru and her husband transformed the land into a coffee estate, and it remains in the family to this day. Their legacy is carried on by grandson Aman Adinew.
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.Their work includes a partnership with Grounds for Health to provide cervical cancer screenings, as well as the development of the first SCAA certified coffee lab in Africa.
Ethiopia's Heirloom Varieties
There are an estimated six to ten thousand varieties of coffee in Ethiopia. Because the coffee plant originated in East Africa, thousands of varieties have developed there over time through natural cross-pollination. Due to their staggering number, there has not been sufficient genetic testing to allow growers and buyers to distinguish between all of the different varieties. The custom of naming coffee strains for their locality also means that if one variety of coffee occurs in multiple places, it may have many different names. Because the exact varieties can be nearly impossible to pinpoint, the generic catch-all term “Ethiopian heirloom varieties” is used. These unique heirloom varieties are famous for their distinctively fruity aromas and flavors.