MAY 0021
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MAY 0021

Just four coffees remain in our line-up. Today we’re back in coffee’s home, Ethiopia with a natural processed Gedeb composted of two heirloom varietals.
MAY 0021

Its the last wizzeekend.

Ethiopia Gedeb Chelchele, roasted by Pop Coffee Works

Pop this in your mouth
Roaster Pop Coffee Works, Toronto
Roaster Tasting Notes Mango, Nectarine, Grape
Origin Ethiopia
Varieties 74110, 74112
Process Natural/Dry Processed

About 0021

METAD coffee nursery

Guess who's back. We are. In Ethiopia again. There are so many unique coffees here to explore. Today we have another dry process (or natural) with some bold fruit notes, classic natural Ethiopia style.

This coffee is not named for a washing station or co-op, but for a family that runs several farms in the region, which is a bit unique for this part of Ethiopia.

The specific micro-region is Chelchele which is in the region of Yirgacheffe. We have tasted coffees from nearby regions already in 0015 and 0012. The full indication of the region is like this: Chelchele, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia

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 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 with a workforce that is over seventy-percent women, educational opportunities including university scholarships and sponsorship for a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than 700 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 has an expanding Out-grower program designed to provide technical assistance, share modern farming equipment, and provide certification programs for more than 5,000 local farmers who are paid premiums for their cherry and a second payments after coffee is sold. Quality and certification premiums have also helped METAD build roads and community centers. A lot of progress for this region by growing quality coffee.

This video has some stunning visuals of coffee processing. It's a bit long, but fast forward to around 1:45 to see some flyovers of the growing areas and raised drying beds followed by some processing.

Pop Coffee Works

Pop Coffee Works is a Toronto-based micro roaster and cafe founded by Abe Chen. Pop is relatively new having only opened in 2018.

Pop churns out carefully sourced coffees in colourful bags. They like to focus on coffees that are in-season with a lighter approach to roasting that showcases the nuances in the coffees they offer.

Through thoughtful design elements in our space and products, combined with an approachable selection of wonderful coffees, we believe that we have an amazing coffee for everyone. We have been welcomed into the coffee world through meeting passionate people and delicious coffee, and we want to do the same for you.
The roaster at Pop Coffee Works

How'd it taste?

This coffee tastes like a natural Ethiopia for sure. Blueberries up front, then transitions to a dry finish as it cools.

Revolver staff had some more detailed fruit thoughts:

Initial taste of Syrah and Raisin, with a delicate body. Upon cooling, the flavour evolved in to grapefruit with a hint of watermelon

Blueberrrrrrry notes in an Ethiopia. Who would have thunk?

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