|Producer:||Mohamed Mustafa Ali|
This is our third year with Mohamed Ali Estate, an exclusive relationship that started when Ethiopian laws changed to allow smaller farms to export directly. Located in Jimma at high elevation, this coffee grows in the shades of pristine forest. Mohamed Ali has started producing honey coffees two years ago - they are still rare in Ethiopia.
Mohamed Ali honey has exciting notes of peach, wild mountain honey and tons of florals. Bergamot and sweet key lime flavours are shining through in the cooling. Tropical aromas will hit your nose when you open your bag of beans. This coffee is clean and juicy. What we love about our Ethiopian naturals, is their fruity flavor intensity without having too much of acidity. In the summer we recommend brewing Mohamed Ali honey on V60 over ice. You find the recipe in our blog section.
When entering the estate you walk into pristine forest. The nature is untouched and coffee grows wild. Bees and fruit trees are offering a great mix of crop and additional income when coffee is off season. The farm has two sites: Boto and Gera. Our lot is from Boto: At 2050 meter elevation we are way up in Ethiopias highlands with great temperature changes between day and night creating beautiful flavour profiles. Ever since we committed to Mohamed Ali, the farm has seen very good development. P1 quality grades went up from 20% to over 60% simply by having certainty on the buyer and fair pricing. Mohamed Ali invests in labour, selective picking, more drying beds and honey coffee production. We bought a natural and a honey lot. The farm is now also certified organic.
Mustafa Mohamed Ali is the son of Mohamed Ali who went to Egypt for education. On his way back from Egypt, Mohamed Ali stopped over in Jimma and it was there where he was asked to open a Koran school. The building still exists on the Boto site. Mustafa runs the farm with the help of his brother, but he was waiting for a partner to be able to expand and improve. Our export partner Belco was able to offer him financing and loans so he has working capital, and with our exclusive relationship he can calculate how much he will earn over the season and plan accordingly. Because of this support he has been able to begin massive upgrades on the farm to improve quality even more in coming seasons.
Coffee cherries grow in half shades. Mustafa Mohamed Ali started producing honeys with the help of our export partner, Belco. Since honey coffees are still rare in Ethiopia, it gives the Estate a competitive advantage. Also, honey coffees dry faster than naturals which helps being a lot more efficient at the peak of the harvest.