Chelbesa is an organic washed coffee grown at an elevation between 1950 and 2200 meters. Chelbesa is named after the kebele (village) where the coffee is harvested. The growers from the Chelbesa bring their cherries to METAD’s Gedeb Halo Beriti washing station in Gedeb, Yirgacheffe for further processing.
METAD is a family run business, with coffee at their roots for generations. METAD developed the Out-Growers Program in 2013. They wanted to invest in and support nearby coffee growing communities through this program, which has grown to over 6,500 members across both the Hambela and Gedeb regions.
METAD provides free seedlings and professional guidance at every stage of production, as well as pre and post harvest training to continue their professional development. They have certified not only their own farms and processing plants but also the farms of those participating in the Out-Grower’s Program. They are invested in initiatives that include building clinics, funding the local elementary school, and constructing wells as a source for drinking water.