The Hambela farm is located is located in the Guji Zone north of Yirgacheffe. The farm and operations are certified organic. The farm is about 200 hectares and includes a washing station, a dry mill , and drying beds allowing it to produce both natural and fully washed beans. This coffee is a traditionally sun-dried natural composed of heirloom varietals.
Hambela is grown and processed by METAD, a third generation family-owned community-conscious business, providing transparency in all aspects of their business as they strive to implement ethically, environmentally and socially responsible practices across the company. They also have a washing station and dry mill in the nearby village of Gedeb, Gedio zone. Altogether, they employ 28 permanent staff and 700 seasonal staff, 70% or more of which are women, and partner with more than 700 out growers to provide best practices on growing, harvesting and selling coffee.
Their focus on quality of coffee is applied in every step of the coffee production process from seed to cup. METAD has teamed up with USAID to provide thorough pre- and post-harvest training to local farmers who participate in their “Out-Growers Program.” METAD also employs modern farming techniques such as apiculture (for crop pollination) and inter-cropping (to maximize and rejuvenate land resources). METAD is utilizing environmental protection methods for coffee wastewater disposal in the wet-processing stage to avoid ground water pollution. They also provide a state of the art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab in Africa, used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.