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COFFEE SPOTLIGHT-BENTI NENQA #209 ETHIOPIA NATURAL

A JBC Female-Forward Coffee.

This coffee, which received 94 points from the Coffee Review, is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development PLC, a third-generation family-owned business with a rich history in Ethiopia.

After World War II, the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot and family matriarch, with land in the Guji and Sidama zones.

This land would become the Hambela Coffee Estate that is owned and operated by METAD. METAD has strengthened the local community with employment opportunities, including a workforce that is over seventy percent women; educational opportunities, including a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than four hundred students; and healthcare for employees.

METAD was also first to partner with Grounds for Health to implement a successful cervical cancer screening program for women within coffee growing communities. METAD provides technical assistance and shares modern farming equipment with other local farmers and operates the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab in Africa, used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.

When tasting this coffee, the team all agreed that blueberries was the dominant tasting note in this juicy Ethiopian. We also tasted notes of chamomile and candied ginger.

A natural process coffee is one that refers to a coffee processing tech­nique where the coffee is laid out to dry with the coffee cherry intact (rather than removing the cherry skin and mucilage before drying as in a washed/wet processed coffee). This creates a natural fermentation environment for the coffee and can produce very intense fruit and floral notes.