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Building the Coffee Farm of Our Dreams

Our Story

Building the Coffee Farm of Our Dreams

The Origin of Gesha Village

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 we have built from the ground up over the last six years. This has been our labor of love, and we’re extremely proud to be producing coffees as awe-inspiring as our surroundings.

This breathtaking landscape is home to Gesha Village Coffee Estate, our 471-hectare coffee farm.

Who We Are

Rachel Samuel—one half of our partnership—was born in Ethiopia, but we discovered the country anew when we came here in 2007 to make a documentary about Ethiopia’s amazing coffee. During this process, we developed a passion for the country, its people, and its coffee industry. That path quickly led us to Willem Boot, the San Francisco Bay Area-based coffee educator well-known for his passion for the Gesha variety. As Willem taught us the fundamentals of growing and evaluating coffee with a quality focus, the shadow of Gesha loomed large over our conversations.

The Perfect Spot

We soon returned to Ethiopia to find suitable land to launch our coffee venture growing Gesha. For months we searched for the perfect spot—one with high elevation, ample rainfall, temperate climates, and other crucial natural factors needed to produce coffee of excellent quality. We found it in Bench Maji. While the untouched landscape provided us with the unique opportunity to build the coffee farm of our dreams from the ground up, it offered us something else one-of-a-kind: Close proximity to the Gori Gesha forest, the variety’s birthplace and site of the Panamanian Geisha discovery in the 1930s.

Cultivating the Land

We quickly got to work, harvesting a seed selection of wild Gesha plants from the Gori Gesha forest. With that prized stock in hand, we then spent month after tireless month turning our remote piece of land into a working coffee farm capable of producing some of the world’s best Gesha coffee. In the process, we have been helping to create a coffee industry in Gesha’s birthplace. Western Ethiopia has historically been largely disconnected from the global specialty-coffee market, but now world-class Gesha coffee is available just a stone’s throw from where the variety originated.

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 and Willem Boot

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 and Willem Boot

GESHA VILLAGE

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  • Repost @sanscoffeeco [update: sold out!] It's been highly requested and we've managed to get our hands on TWO more boxes of this month's Gesha Village Lot #86 roasted by @cuppingroomhk. Roasted yesterday and ready to ship. Get yours in the link in our profile while stocks last!
  • Repost @tpscoffee_kikohomecafe ...
Gesha Village Surma
Gesha 1931
Honey processing 
2019
특별할때만 써볼 요량으로 구매 했지요.
로스팅 포인트에 따라 특징이 뚜렷하고 
매력이 넘치는 커피라 끌렸어요.
어쩜 생두 진공포장이 이리도 꼼꼼하게
했는지 뜯기가 아까우네요~ㅎㅎ
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#tpstudio#티포인트스튜디오#공유로스터리카페#공간대여#공유공간#낙성대역맛집#낙성대카페#낙성대역카페#샤로수길카페#커피클래스#홈바리스타#커피스타그램#일상#게샤빌리지#tpointstudio#tpointstudiospecialty#tpscoffeeroastery#tpscoffee#tpscoffeelab#shareroasterycafe#sharespace#coffeeclass#specialtycoffee#geshavillage#surmagesha
  • Repost @blendincoffeeclub 
New @geshavillage Champion Reserve Lot No.6 is now available both in store and online! With flavor notes of jasmine, bergamot, honeysuckle, kiwi and tangerine, full sweetness and silky body, it is definitely a must-try!
  • Repost @coffeeprojectny 
NEW COFFEE ALERT — coming soon is the Ethiopia, Gaylee Lot from @geshavillage, roasted by our friend at @regaliacoffee. This Natural Ethiopia Gesha is currently resting @coffeeprojectny and will be available in both locations approaching August on our slowbar!
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  • #Repost @89_estate 
Love the NEW package design with Gesha Village lot 007.
藝伎村紅標凌凌漆低調奢華的燙霧銀色 😍😍😍 正式上架!
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  • We are happy to announce that the location you see here will be the future home of the Gesha Secondary School! This school which we have committed to building will provide grades 9th and 10th for students in 4 kebeles near our farm. Currently, to attend High School students must travel over 60km away.
We have pledged 1,000,000 birr ($34,000) for the first year of construction. This is possible because we have allocated 10% of our auction sales to this project.
If any of our clients who are interested in donating, please PM me.
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