|Producer:||Mohamed Mustafa Ali|
This is our third year with Mohamed Ali Estate, an exclusive relationship that started when Ethiopian laws changed to allow smaller farms to export directly. Located in Jimma at high elevation, this coffee grows in the shades of pristine forest. Mohamed Ali has a fantastic season with very expressive flavors.
Our coffee has rich flavours of ripe strawberries, mango and chocolate. Roasted for espresso we pull juicy shots with a jammy mouthfeel. What we love about our Ethiopian naturals, is their fruity flavor intensity without having too much of acidity. When used in milk espresso drinks, Mohamed Ali turns the experience almost into something like a strawberry milk shake. With natural flavours. You can easily brew up our espresso roasts as handbrews. We find that Mohamed Ali works particular well on AeroPress. Have a look at our recipes for the iced version.
When entering the estate you walk into pristine forest. The nature is untouched and coffee grows wild. Bees and fruit trees are offering a great mix of crop and additional income when coffee is off season. The farm has two sites: Boto and Gera. Our lot is from Boto: At 2050 meter elevation we are way up in Ethiopias highlands with great temperature changes between day and night creating beautiful flavour profiles. Ever since we committed to Mohamed Ali, the farm has seen very good development. P1 quality grades went up from 20% to over 60% simply by having certainty on the buyer and fair pricing. Mohamed Ali invests in labour, selective picking, more drying beds and honey coffee production. We bought a natural and a honey lot. The farm was also just certified organic.
Mustafa Mohamed Ali is the son of Mohamed Ali who went to Egypt for education. On his way back from Egypt, Mohamed Ali stopped over in Jimma and it was there where he was asked to open a Koran school. The building still exists on the Boto site. Mustafa runs the farm with the help of his brother, but he was waiting for a partner to be able to expand and improve. Our export partner Belco was able to offer him financing and loans so he has working capital, and with our exclusive relationship he can calculate how much he will earn over the season and plan accordingly. Because of this support he has been able to begin massive upgrades on the farm to improve quality even more in coming seasons.
Coffee cherries grow in half shades. Drying takes place on raised beds for 18-23 days. It is continuously moved and sorted to create very clean quality lots. Mohamed Ali has built a new warehouse on-site that can store up to 1500 bags of parchment.
Ethiopia battled with two things this season: Irregular rain falls and Locust attacks. Luckily, Mohamed Ali was not affected as much.