It’s always a treat for us to feature coffees that we’ve purchased directly from small scale farmers/producers.
And it’s a greater treat than normal when these direct purchases are of Ethiopian coffees. Not just because Ethiopia is endowed with diverse, stunning and complex varietals and profiles (being the botanical birthplace of coffee after all), but because until recently it was impossible to buy this way in this country.
In fact, we first met Dome, Kalid, and Ahmed Abatemam three or so years ago, when the brothers were in their first year of newly-legalised direct export sales. They were already doing a “specialty” coffee process (Ethiopia knows no other way), but they were only able to sell their coffee locally, to other exporters. After tasting the quality of the harvest in 2018, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them and made a small purchase. Unfortunately the coffee that arrived 6 months later was below our quality standards to sell. Undeterred, and trusting in the inherent quality of the brothers’ product, we resolved to implement some stronger quality assurance measures and work harder to understand the many complications of Ethiopian export.
This purchase, then, required not just the multiple changes to Ethiopian export laws several years ago, it also required that we assume lots of risk and put in loads of hours pushing through the seemingly endless and labyrinthine quality assurance and export requirements. And since these efforts still don’t guarantee the coffee will arrive meeting our standards, you can imagine we are beyond stoked when it all turns out as it has on this occasion.
The Abatemam farm is located about 30 mins sou-sou-west of Agaro, near some very well known washing stations – Hunda Oli and Sedi Loya. It’s a typical Ethiopian forest wonderland: 35 hectares at an altitude of 2050 metres, forested with lots of shade trees (among them the impressive flat-canopied Albizia), and containing plenty of new plantings under the canopy.
While the coffee is ascribed to Ahmed, in truth the coffee production is a joint effort among the brothers, with Ahmed overseeing processing, Dome in charge of warehouse, sampling and sales, and Kalid managing the farm’s soil health, shade canopy and pruning.
We’re stoked to release this coffee as an espresso roast, to pair with the washed filter release coming up shortly. We’re sure you’ll find it simply delicious, resplendid with Agaro region typicity and a great clean and soft version of a “naturally” processed coffee.
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