Abana Coffee Estates (a-ban-a) is a social business started by the Omran family in the Gera area of Limu, Ethiopia. It’s a 300 hectare completely shade-grown farm in a rain forest roughly 7000 ft above sea level. Their goal has been to not only produce amazing and unique coffees but to impact the farm and the surrounding community. Abana translates to “our fathers” in Arabic, where the name pays homage to the deep roots and heritage of the coffee that traces its roots back centuries to Ethiopia.
Social Business: Abana supports about 100 kids in the area for schooling (32 live at the farm) and host several medical projects, infrastructure development, provide electricity for the villages around, and donate tens of thousands of seedlings each year to local small hold farmers around. Abana also pays fair wages and respect to all their partners including helping with educational development of many on their farm. Abana is very environmentally friendly too in that they’ve won eco-friendly awards for how they manage waste, not deforest, and minimize water usage. This was incredibly important to us as we want to make sure that who we partner with is focused on accessibility.
Coffee Deets: Abana currently offers about 8 different types of coffee processing methods ranging from naturals to fully washed coffees and even some experimental methods. The farm has a wet mill, four fermentation tanks and hundreds of drying tables. Their speciality coffees are mostly Heirloom varietals (more specifically Metu Bishari Selections, Gera Selections, and Merdacheriko). The excellence they put into their coffees is evident in the flavor and their commitment to quality pairs well with our company.
We currently offer an Anderacha that’s naturally processed. Anderacha is the name of the river on their estate. This specialty coffee is a crowd pleaser and flew off our shelf in 2019, early 2020 as it’s explosive in fruity flavors, deeply rich in sweetness and reminds us of watermelon candy. It’s delightful as a pour over – particularly the v60 and actually makes an incredible single origin espresso. As an espresso it mixes quite well as a cappuccino giving you an idea of drinking strawberry milk.
We also are serving a Dammu that’s a cherry fermented honey processed coffee. It’s been fermented in the cherry, then washed, and dry fermented but finally processed as a honey. This is our first year with this coffee and it’s exceptional. The delicate florals that pop and the complex sugars and deep sweet cup tantalizes the taste buds from start to finish.
Our Golden Age Espresso includes the Ginjo, a washed coffee that’s been washed with a demucilator. Ginjo is the name of another river on their farm. This coffee is more of a traditional Ethiopia with clean sweet notes that pair perfectly with a Colombia for the chocolate base. This is also our first year getting this coffee.
To find out more about Abana Coffee Estates see www.abanacoffee.com
Abana Coffee Estates owns the farm, imports and exports their coffee to the Annex in California. Mike Omran runs their sales team and lives in San Francisco. We arranged directly with them to ship the coffee from the Annex to our Roastery in Colorado Springs.
We paid $3.75-$7.00 green coffee cost for these coffees.
Giulietta, the name given to their Anaerobic Fermentation lot. This is their second year producing this lot which produces incredible florals, a lactic silky mouthfeel and boosting clean acidity. This was one of our favorite coffees of the year last year and we can’t wait to share this year’s crop with you.
Sulladjah that’s naturally processed. This is the name given to the highest part of their farm, at roughly ~7200 ft where there is rich dense forest and a spring that emerges directly out of the mountainside. This lot is partially from this area, but also coffees from other farms around that were processed immaculately with traditional natural methods. This too is a very fruity coffee with complex acidity.