Organic Hambela Gotiti, Ethiopia
Harvested: Winter 2018
Variety: Heirloom varieties
Location: Gedeb, Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
Tastes Like: blackberry, valencia orange, lilac
Grown by: Gotiti Kebele Producers
The story of Hambela Gotiti begins in the chaotic aftermath of World War II. After regaining Ethiopian independence, Emperor Haile Selassie I awarded Muluemebet Emiru, Africa's first female pilot, a lush farmland ripe with wild coffee trees. This land, stretching between the Guji and Sidama regions, was developed into the esteemed Hambela Estate.
In its third generation, the Emiru family coffee business, now known as METAD, is dedicated to making a difference in the 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. Out-grower programs, 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 quality bonuses after the coffee is sold.
In an attempt to isolate the unique flavors of the coffees from the many microclimates and subregions of southwestern Ethiopia, Hambela Estate began working with the neighboring Gotiti farmer association, separating the coffees from the Banko Gotiti village area from those of the main estate. This particular lot hails from this Gotiti outpost, and highlights the wonderful nuance and complexity that Ethiopian coffees have to offer.