This is a traditional natural coffee from Gedeb, Ethiopia, grown by smallholders organized around METAD’s Chelbesa washing station.
The flavor profile is bold and aromatic, with strong blackberry and dark chocolate notes leading to more complex and subtle flavors like watermelon and guava.
Grower - METAD Agricultural Development Plc (METAD)
Cultivar - Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Region - Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Harvest - October 2021 – December 2021
Elevation - 1900 – 2200 masl
Process - Traditional Raised Bed Natural Certified Organic
Blackberry, Dark chocolate, Watermelon and Guava
We roasted this batch of Ethiopia to a full medium roast. Depending on the grind and brewing method, this Ethiopia Chelbesa Crown Jewel can produce strong blackberry and dark chocolate notes leading to more complex and subtle flavors like watermelon and guava.
As with most Top-Shelf coffees, we suggest using the pour-over method to maximized the aroma and flavor of this Crown Jewel coffee using a 1:16 coffee to water ratio with the water between 200F and 205F. Once grounds are placed in the filter, pre-soak grounds by covering with water for ~30sec to allow for blooming, then finish with either a steady pour or a couple of short pours to complete the brewing process.
By Chris Kornman, Royal Coffee
Our first natural Ethiopia of the arrival season finally graces the Crown Jewel menu. This Chelbesa is like an old friend, no stranger to the halls of The Crown. This season’s harvest is one of the best in recent memory, though frankly it’s unsurprising that the folks at METAD have procured and processed yet another spectacular offering.
Doris’ early trial roasts offered up huge aromatics, with deep dark chocolate tones and comforting tiramisu flavors – it’s a coffee drinker’s coffee. The natural processing is present without being overwhelming, in the form of sweet blackberry jam and strawberry compote, with some nice citric support in the form of slightly tart fresh lemonade. I noted a hint of sweet basil as well, while others tasted lemongrass.
We’ve queued the coffee up for espresso service here at The Crown, its effortless balance between sweet and tart, fresh and preserved fruits makes it an ideal candidate for pressurized extraction and pairing with steamed milk.
Producer / Source Background
By Mayra Orellana-Powell, Royal Coffee
This coffee is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development PLC (METAD). METAD is a third generation family owned business with a rich history that began after World War II when the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot and family matriarch, with land in the Guji and Sidama zones that has become the Hambela Coffee Estate.
METAD is managed by Aman Adinew who returned to Ethiopia after many years working abroad at the executive level for multiple fortune 500 companies because he wanted to make a difference for his family and community. Through Aman’s leadership, METAD has strengthened the local community with employment opportunities including a workforce that is over seventy percent women, educational opportunities including sponsorship for 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 in Ethiopia to implement a successful cervical cancer screening program for women within the coffee growing communities. METAD provides technical assistance and shares modern farming equipment with other local farmers. METAD also has the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab on the African continent used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.
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