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Adado, Ethiopia


Tasting Notes: Bergamot, Lime and Marmalade


Gedeo, Yirgacheffe


Small Holders


2000 - 2350 MASL


Mixed Heirloom



The Adado are a local tribe and farming community residing in the Gedeo zone, Yirgacheffe. This coffee is one lot of the collective effort of 7000 farmers that contribute to 8 mills in the region. The coffee world recognises Ethiopia as the motherland of Arabica coffee. Research estimates that there are anywhere between 6000 to 10,000 Ethiopian varietals that inhabit these highlands. The bewildering mix of varietals allows Ethiopian coffees to shine as some of the most prominent in the industry.

This Adado coffee goes through the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, also known as the ECX. The ECX is a government-initiated moderator of various agricultural goods and produce, and while the intentions are well, there are still flaws in this system. It benefits most Ethiopian farmers that are small-holders and protects them from external market forces that prevent a streamlined supply chain with consistent, prompt earning for their produce. However, it removes a significant portion of traceability.

In the specialty coffee world, traceability is paramount. While we can't trace to the specific villages and producers now, we are optimistic for the near future of Adado producers as cooperatives are becoming the norm for Ethiopia's coffee-growing regions. Coffee cooperatives can deal directly with farmers outside of the ECX and export to an international market, allowing for complete traceability. We look forward to the day we can source this Adado coffee again and trace it back to the exact village or even a single farmer.

This Adado lot boasts marmalade notes in sweetness and flavour. The ripe fruit flavours accompany citrus and floral notes that combine delightfully in the cup. This coffee's flavour profile stands out as a micro-region of Yirgacheffe and can easily compete with other iconic Ethiopian regions.