Notes: Blackberry, Jasmine, & Currant
Guji Hambela Alaka Natural Organic is named for the kebele, or village, where the coffee is harvested. The growers from the Alaka kebele bring their cherries to METAD’s Hambela Alaka washing station in Guji for further processing.
Our partners at METAD developed their Out-growers Program in 2013. METAD is a family run business, with coffee at their roots for generations. They wanted to invest in and support nearby coffee growing communities through this program, which has grown to over 6,500 members across both the Hambela and Gedeb regions. There are currently 14 farmer associations, named after their kebele, with 7 in each region. Growers who are part of the program receive training from METAD’s team from the start. They are provided free seedlings and professional guidance at every stage of production, as well as pre and post harvest training to continue their professional development.
This coffee from the Alaka kebele is grown at an elevation between 1900 and 2250 meters. It is a Natural process coffee, dried on raised beds. An Organic coffee, METAD has certified not only its own farms and processing plants but also the farms of those participating in the out-grower’s program.
METAD’s values are driven by the community and environment. They reinvest a portion of their profits back into the community for initiatives that include building clinics, funding the local elementary school, and constructing wells as a source for drinking water. They are committed to environmental sustainability, practicing protection methods in wet processing to avoid ground and water pollution, and including intercropping farming techniques and crop pollination.