Elevation: 2100 masl
Notes: Lemon, Peach, Floral
Hambela farm is located in the fertile state of Oromia in the Guji zone. It covers 200 hectares (roughly 300 city blocks) and includes a washing station, dry mill, drying beds, a large warehouse and guest bungalows.
The farm is run, and the coffee is processed, by METAD, a third-generation, family-owned business that strives to provide transparency in all aspects of its business and to be ethically, environmentally and socially responsible. (It’s worth a visit to the METAD site just for the photo of Muluemebet Emiru, the matriarch of family who started it all, after being awarded farmland for her service as a pilot in World War II.)
The farm and its operations are certified Organic. METAD is currently led by Aman Adinew, who also was one of the founding cxecutives and COO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). It employs 28 permanent staff and 700 seasonal staff—70 percent or more of whom are women—and teamed up with USAID to provide more than 700 “out-grower” farmers with best-practices training on growing, harvesting and selling coffee. The farm uses modern farming techniques such as apiculture (beekeeping for crop pollination) and inter-cropping (mixing types of plants to maximize and rejuvenate land resources). It also enforces environmental protection methods for coffee wastewater disposal in the wet-processing stage, to avoid ground water pollution.
METAD currently owns and operates the first and only private, state-of-the-art, SCAA-certified coffee quality control lab on the continent. The laboratory is being used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.
A portion of all METAD profits are re-invested in the community. In addition, it sponsors more than 650 elementary school students in the area to ensure they receive a world-class education.
METAD has adopted a school of more than 400 students in Hambela. They provide uniforms to the students, purchased benches and tables, and supplemented teachers’ salaries in order to encourage retention. It is currently also working with several of their buyers to drill a well for the school and the community.