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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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  • Hand sorting of crop '18/'19.
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  • Checkout this giveaway of a unique instant processed Gesha Village... Repost @swiftcupcoffee
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🚨GESHA GIVEAWAY! [Details below]
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Just a short time ago we took a leap and had our first small sale. Swift Cup was nothing more than a hobby to see if it was possible to make good instant coffee. We never quite imagined that first cup would turn into hundreds of thousands. Maybe it’s the season but we’re feeling especially grateful for all of your support! As a small thanks we thought it’s time for a little giveaway...
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10x Winners will receive a box of our [NEW] naturally processed Gesha from Gesha Village in Ethiopia! It’s a stunner and a little absurd to offer as instant. If you know, you know...
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To Enter: • Tag a friend who you’re grateful for. • Each tag is an entry. -
We’ll randomly select 5 entries - you and the friend you’ve tagged will both receive a box of our Gesha Village Natural. 10 winners total!
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Ends Saturday at midnight EST. Winners will be announced Sunday 11/17
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  • Amazing Lot 44 at UCR Hong Kong.
Repost @barudikopi
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Another cup of gesha... From @geshavillage Shewa Jibabu Block Lot 44... Gori Gesha varietals... Natural processed... strong strawberry jam notes... #specialtycoffee #masfotokopi #geshavillage #gesha #kopiitubuah #coffeelyfe
  • Repost @rubyroasters
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We’re very happy to announce that Ethiopia Gesha Village is back in stock! Orders that have been received will be shipping out tomorrow. Orders placed from now through the weekend will roast and ship Monday. We’ll have a few bags at the tasting room this weekend too! We’re excited to share this amazing coffee with you and proud to offer coffees from Gesha Village for the 3rd consecutive year. More on the project and this lot to follow in the coming weeks. ♥️
  • Checkout some cool DJs and Gesha Village Oma coffee service tonight!
#Repost @tinybirdcoffeeservice
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週末・土曜のスズメの珈琲屋はbonoboの土曜を12年間預かったイトーちゃんのフェアウェル・パーティにてブリュー!
今月がお誕生日なbonoboスタッフのバースデー・パーティも兼ねたスペシャル・ナイトってことでみてみて、この豪華面子!な一夜です。
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店主も大変お世話になったイトーちゃんの新たな門出を祝して本日もゲイシャやります。
エチオピアはゲシャ・ビレッジ・エステートより農園内のOMA地区で収穫されナチュラル精製されたこちらのロット、焙煎日から10日を過ぎパイナップルやパパイヤ、メロンといったトロピカル・フルーツのニュアンスに上品でフローラルなアロマ、いつまでも舌に残る甘さを感じられる素晴らしいコーヒーです。
「コジローのデジロウ」に引き続き最初の5杯は限定で800円、以降は1杯1000円にて賜ります。是非この機会にご賞味下さい。
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他にもレギュラー・メニューに優しい甘さとバランスの良い軽い果実味のグアテマラ/ベンジャミン・マルティネス・クルス、ミルク・チョコレートの甘さとシトラスの果実感、抜群の透明感のコロンビア/フィンカ・ラ・ブリサ(プロデュースド・バイ・ドリアン・フェリペ・オソリオ)をご用意しております。
今夜も絶対深い時間まで終わらないこと必至につき、明け方の気分転換に是非テラスにもお越し下さい。極上の一杯にておもてなしさせて頂きます。
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#tinybirdcoffeeservice #tbcs #tokyo #party #club #dancemusic #coffee #specialtycoffee #pourover #drip #instacoffee #coffeestagram #barbonobo #bonobo #jingumae #itoitoito #geshavillage #gesha #geisha #guatemala #colombia #passagecoffee #akitocoffee
  • Auction lot cold brew!
Repost @funkpeanutscoffee
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:: 他們這一家 II :: 這家人除了住在藝伎村莊園,平常深居簡出不隨便外出,為了參加11/11四四南村小試身手市集,他們決定盛裝出席見見市面,還特地拍了全家福,喜歡喝熱的可以點手沖,要喝冰的可以點冰釀,還有想回家自己慢慢享用的可以買咖啡豆。
這一家人很貼心都幫大家想好了。 // 競標批次 //
Gesha Village auction 2018
Narsha Lot:#Gva.05 ▪
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#coffee #coldbrew #vscocafe #funkpeanutscoffee #homecafe #coffeeoftheday #日常 #手沖咖啡 #市集 #咖啡 #珈琲 #pourover #四四南村
#asimpleday #simplemarket #geshavillage
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