|Origin:||Yirgacheffe, Gedeb, Ethiopia|
|Altitude:||1700 - 2000 meters|
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and Yirgacheffe is the very heart of it - high up on a mountainous plateau. Gedeb is a micro-region in Yirgacheffe known for the fruity profile of coffee grown there and the mixed heirloom varietals native to Ethiopia.
In the cup Chelchele is sweet and juicy, with notes of blood orange, coffee blossom and peach cobbler. As it cools, floral notes of jasmine and lavender are coming to the forefront.
Chelchele Estate was established in 2013 on 30 hectares of land in the Yirgacheffe appellation; known for its high-quality coffees. More than 2,000 farmers that live in and around the village of Halo Beriti deliver their best cherries to the station.
As the first SCAA certified lab in Africa, producer and exporter Metad are leaders in Ethiopian coffee: prioritising quality, sustainability, and traceability, while providing support to farmers and investment within the country. Chelchele is certified organic and Metad has introduced a range of practices to reduce their environmental impact. During processing, steps have been taken to ensure efficient wastewater disposal. On the farm, traditional beekeeping is used to ensure pollination and the planting of mixed crops helps promote biodiversity and maximises land use.
Metad provides regular training courses and seeks to make coffee growing economically sustainable for farmers: paying advances and bonuses to reward quality. They are involved in projects to promote environmentally responsible agricultural practices, and they financed a road construction and a primary school for 800 pupils in the vicinity of the washing station. Metad covers all expenses for the school. It offers scholarships for 105 disadvantaged students in the region of Gedeo.
Metad was founded by Aman Adinew whose grandparents were already coffee producers and traders. Before Metad, Aman was President of the ECX (Ethiopia Commodity Exchange). Aware of the potential shortcomings of the Ethiopian coffee sector, they have chosen to promote remarkable coffees while focusing on traceability, ensuring better recognition of the products of their region.