Our Organic Hambela Natural is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development plc on their Hambela Estate located in the fertile Oromia regional State, in Guji zone, between the two districts of Gedeb and Hambela, approximately 477 km (~297 miles) South of Addis Ababa (the Capital of Ethiopia), and 20 km (~12.5 miles) East of Dimtu Town (the capital of Hambela). The farm is 200 hectares (~494 acres) in size. METAD has also implemented an Out Growers Program, where the surrounding farmers are working closely with the company in producing high quality coffees.
The soils in the southern and western parts of the coffee-growing regions of Ethiopia are of volcanic origin, with a high nutrient-holding capacity for clay minerals. The soil type of the area is ‘Clay-loam’ soil. All of the coffee-growing Regions have fertile, friable, loamy soils, with a depth of at least one and a half meters. The topsoil is dominantly dark-brown or brownish in color, with a PH ranging mostly from 5 to 6.8 (water extract).
METAD grows and processes green Arabica coffee for export to specialty importers/roasters in North America, Europe and Asia. The company is a third generation family-owned business, currently led by Aman Adinew who also was one of the founding Executives and COO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). METAD is registered with the Ministry of Trade and is a member of Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce, Ethiopian Exporters Association, Ethiopian Growers Association, Specialty Coffee Association of America (“SCAA”), Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (“SCAE”), Specialty Coffee Association of Japan (“SCAJ”), and African Fine Coffees Association (“AFCA”).
METAD currently owns and operates the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab on the African continent. The laboratory is being used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals. The company has sustainable farming and processing operations in “Hambela”, Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State; and a processing site in “Gedeb”, Gedeo Zone (Yirgacheffe), Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regions (SNNPR) Regional State respectively. It also has socially responsible operations where currently, over 70% of the Hambela farm and Gedeb site workers are women, a percentage they hope to continually increase. A portion of all METAD profits are re-invested in the community. In addition, over 650 elementary school students in Hambela are sponsored to ensure they receive a world-class education.
For more detailed information about METAD, please visit their website at: www.metadplc.com.