Ethiopia Gesha Village Oma Ε-11 (200gr)
Exotic aromas of tea rose, with the profound scent of jasmine. Delicate flavors of peach, apricot, candied fruit, melon, satsuma mandarin supported by a honey sweetness and raspberry.
FARM: Gesha Village
Gesha Village Estate is an exciting and inspiring project by Adam Overton and Rachel Samuel, along with the help of many talented individuals. The coffee farm is located near the Gori Gesha forest in far western Ethiopia, near to what is considered the origin of the Gesha lineage that has since traveled so far.
In 2011 Adam and Rachel began developing a 500 hectare coffee farm in Gesha, Ethiopia with one vision in mind: to produce the best coffee in the world. After an exhaustive search, the estate location was chosen based on the strict criteria of altitude (1900-2100 MASL), ample rainfall, temperature patterns, rich virgin forest soil, old growth trees, and an existing coffee ecosystem.
A seed selection that has been harvested from the Gori Gesha wild coffee forest, was found 20 km from our farm, the site where the famous Panamanian Gesha was selected in the 1930s.
In their first three years they have planted over 30,000 native shade trees on land that had previously been deforested.
Research, conservation, and exploration of the Gesha variety are ongoing focuses of their farm. They have begun projects on genetic testing, climate research and a Gesha botanical garden.
The planting density of the farm at 2000-trees/hectare is moderate and supports a sustainable ecosystem for our coffee. The priority is maintaining the rich biodiversity of the native forest canopy that the heirloom Gesha coffee spontaneously grows in.
The people of Ethiopia are the inhabitants and protectors of Gesha.
In the far western reaches of Ethiopia, mere kilometers from the South Sudanese border, lie the dense, wildly sprouting jungles of Bench Maji zone. It’s a place of stunning natural beauty, where from a high-extending plateau one can take in the expanse of the ancient, sprawling forest. This breathtaking landscape is home to Gesha Village Coffee Estate, the 471-hectare coffee farm they have built from the ground up over the last six years. This has been their labor of love, and they are extremely proud to be producing coffees as awe-inspiring as their surroundings.
This coffee arrived to us directly from Ethiopia and Gesha Village.
Developing Gesha Village has been a humble story of revival, community, and innovation. We know this is truly just the beginning, though, and we’re excited to continue sharing this journey with the specialty-coffee community.
Adam Overton, Rachel Samuel
About Gesha Village
PRODUCER:Adam and Rachel
ARRIVED IN:1 kg Vaccum packed
AROMA:Rose, Black tea
FLAVOR:Jasmine, peach, Mango
FINISH:Pineapple, Mellon, Raspberry
Rare, exclusive, and fetching a heavy price tag, Gesha is often associated with coffees from Panama when in fact cultivation of the Gesha varietal only began there in the 1960s. Gesha is an original variety of coffee that was discovered in the 1930s in the mountains around the Southwestern town of Gesha, Ethiopia. Gesha trees grow tall and can be distinguished by their beautiful and elongated leaves. The quality of this coffee can be drastically improved when grown at extremely high elevation. The Geisha revolution set off an intense search for Geisha among coffee buyers and a primal pilgrimage to Ethiopia to find the source of that flavor. The roads those buyers traveled brought them in a wood in far western Ethiopia near a small town called Gesha in the forests where coffee was born and still grows wild. Gesha 1931 is from this place.
Its name reflects the place and year it was collected by scientists who fanned out on a research expedition in Ethiopia to catalogue its coffee varieties.
This is a selection made from the diverse forest population that closely resembles the Panamanian Geisha. This selection was made by looking at the plant morphology, bean shape and size, as well as its cup profile.
Named OMA after the respected and loved religious leader of the Meanit people
Land: Total farm area of 471 hectares, 320 hectares planted with coffee
Elevation: 1,909-2,069 meters above sea level
Total trees: 700,000
Preservation area: 27%
Shade: Agroforestry system with a mix of indigenous shade tree varieties
Soil: Virgin Forest, brown-red loamy soil
Wildlife: Variety of birds, wild boar, deer, cheetah, buffalo, lion, colobus monkey, hyena, porcupine, rabbit, and other endemic species