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Gedeb

Soft florals and ripe stewed berries

Softened florals are followed by ripe stewed berries in the cup in this naturally processed lot by the METAD group.

The conditions in Yirgacheffe lead to some of the highest quality raw material in the coffee belt.

  • Producer
    METAD
  • Coffee expression
    A fruity & rich coffee
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The careful natural process maintains and softens the typical Ethiopian florals, while enhancing the round fruit character in the cup.

Natural Heirloom

Gedeb

Gedeb is produced by METAD, a family-run business driven by three brothers, Michael, Aman and Tariku Adinew. They own several stations in the Oromia region, including in some of the most iconic Ethiopian coffee towns, like Yirgacheffe. METAD encourage and provide training in environmentally sustainable farming practices; many of their coffees are certified organic. This lot comes from one of METAD’s largest stations in the Gedeb region, at Halo Beriti. METAD have a very in depth and precise system of traceability, making sure that coffee delivered from different towns and on different days is kept separate throughout the process. Therefore, we know that this lot comes from farmers around the village of Halo Beriti itself, and that it is grown between 2100 and 2300 masl. Ethiopia’s mode of growing, with a high level of biodiversity, healthy fertile soils, and excellent climatic conditions lead to some of the highest quality raw material we find anywhere in the coffee belt. This lot, unlike the previous lot we released from the Halo Beriti mill, is processed using a natural method. The stable and dry conditions during harvest mean that processing excellent quality naturals is possible here, drying under the intense African sun on raised beds for around 20 days. The coffee is turned often and shielded during the hours with the highest intensity of sunlight, leading to an even and controlled drying.

Natural coffees are often subject to an extended stabilisation time inside the dried coffee cherry, stabilising moisture content before dry milling. METAD always rest their naturals for at least 4 weeks, meaning they sometimes leave the country later than washed coffees. We are excited to be able to share this natural lot from the Halo Beriti mill, after the excellent washed lot we enjoyed earlier in the season. The excellent raw material combined with careful processing leads to a rather different expression of the Gedeb terroir, with the florals softened to violet and rose, and an enhanced stewed fruit character in the cup, reminiscent of jammy strawberry and blueberry.

Etiopia

Forest coffee

In Ethiopia, coffee still grows semi-wild, and in some cases completely wild. Apart from some regions of neighbouring South Sudan, Ethiopia is the only country in which coffee is found growing in this way, due to its status as the genetic birthplace of arabica coffee. This means in many regions, small producers still harvest cherries from wild coffee trees growing in high altitude humid forests, especially around Ethiopia’s famous Great Rift Valley.

There are three categories of forest coffee growing in Ethiopia, Forest Coffee (FC), Semi-Forest Coffee (SFC), and Forest Garden Coffee (FGC), with each having an increasing amount of intervention from coffee producers. Forest coffee makes up a total of approximately 60% of Ethiopia’s yearly output, so this is a hugely important method of production, and part of what makes Ethiopian coffee so unique.

Throughout all of these systems, a much higher level of biodiversity is maintained than in modern coffee production in most of the rest of the world. This is partly due to the forest system, and partly down to the genetic diversity of the coffee plants themselves. There are thousands of so far uncategorised ‘heirloom’ varieties growing in Ethiopia; all descended from wild cross pollination between species derived from the original Arabica trees. This biodiversity leads to hardier coffee plants, which don’t need to be artificially fertilised. This means that 95% of coffee production in Ethiopia is organic, although most small farmers and mills can’t afford to pay for certification, so can’t label their coffee as such. The absence of monoculture in the Ethiopian coffee lands also means plants are much less susceptible to the decimating effects of diseases such as leaf rust that have ripped through other producing countries.

Technical Data

  • Producer

    METAD
  • Region

    Yirgacheffe
  • Altitude

    2200 masl
  • Varietal

    Heirloom
  • Process

    Natural
  • Harvest

    January 2022

Natural Process

The natural, or dry process, is the traditional process, going back generations. When accomplished in a controlled and careful manner, dry processed coffees can produce flavour experiences not found in wet processed coffees, deep fruits and florals, normally with heavier mouthfeel and lower acidity. The cherries are first sorted, and then laid out on in thin layers (2-6 cm) on raised drying beds. These are almost always used for high quality naturals, as they aid airflow around the coffee as it dries, enabling more even drying. 

It is very important that coffees are sorted very carefully early on in the drying process, as all of the cherries quickly turn dark brown, making it impossible to separate under and overripe cherries. The cherries are turned frequently to avoid mold formation or over-fermentation, until they reach a moisture content of below 20%, and the outer cherry layer shrinks and blackens. This process takes between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on weather conditions.


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