With generations of knowledge having been passed on to today's producers, it's hard to not get excited about any coffee that comes from the birthplace of coffee. Ethiopian coffees always deliver a cup that speaks volumes to the genetic diversity of coffee in the country as well as the myriad of climates and terrains where it grows there. This coffee was sourced from METAD Agricultural Development, a third generation family-owned producer and exporter of coffees that works directly with numerous smallholder farms across Ethiopia's Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region. Specifically, these beans come from smallholders in the Gedeb District, a stone's throw away from the well-known Yirgacheffe, and are processed at the Chelchele washing station.
Composed of a number of heirloom cultivars of coffee that are indigenous to the region, this coffee stays true to its terroir while offering some surprises. Initially the cup bursts with the floral flavors and aromas of jasmine tea and lavender, calmly lingering with lower acidity. As the coffee begins to cool it evolves and starts to take on notes of root beer, cream soda, and strawberry, displaying a sweetness that coats the palate. We highly recommend this for fans of lighter coffees or afternoon sippers.