Ethiopia Hambela Estate OrganicContrabean Roasting Company
A wonderful microlot from the Hambela Estate.
Tropical fruit, concord grape, and blueberry flavours. Syrupy sweetness. Crisp, clean, medium body.
This particular coffee is from smallholder farms in the Bishan Fugu community where the Hambela Estate provides pre- and post-harvest training in agricultural and business management to help make the community more sustainable.
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, who spent many years working abroad before returning home to launch the META Agricultural Development PLC (METAD), which oversees operation of the estate. Adinew and METAD have worked to empower their community through equal employment opportunities for women, health initiatives, and educational opportunities for youth in coffee-growing communities. 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.