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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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  • Harvest is in full swing now! We've even begun cupping the earliest lots at the farm.
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  • It's always a pleasure when our roasting partners share their hard work with us here in Ethiopia. Absolutely amazing roasting and  presentation! Thank you for caring so much!! #geshavillage
  • Meet farm resident Gesha-Frey (translated: Gesha-Fruit), daughter of our carpenter Admasu. Nice to know the Gesha Village farm is home to all sorts of inspiration!
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Currently brewing: Ethiopia Gesha Village. We’ve been thrilled with the elegance and floral complexity of this coffee. Hats off to the team at @geshavillage for producing such articulate, intentional coffees. Of the many estate’s samples we evaluated this season, this lot from Dimma emerged as our favorite once again. We have already roasted about a third of the lot, so be sure to order soon if you’d like to try it!
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  • We're honored to be the first 'ICON' in Cupping Room's new subscription series. Don't miss this chance to enjoy unique coffees every month. 
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December 2019: Adam and Rachel Overton, founders of Gesha Village. Adam and Rachel are two visionaries who have brought the gesha variety back to its birthplace in Ethiopia. Our inaugural box will feature two very limited lots that are exclusive worldwide to Cupping Room Coffee Roasters.
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Sign up now to secure your space in one of the most exciting premium coffee subscriptions. Link in bio.
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*To avoid the holiday rush, the cut off date for December box will be moved to December 4th.
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Gesha Village. Extraordinary coffee experience from the beautiful farm in Ethiopia 🇪🇹 limited release of 70 boxes 
This lot of Gesha 1931 was grown on the Oma plot of Gesha Village, reaching up to 2040 masl and producing some of the most aromatic coffees on the farm. This incredible raw material, grown in its native wild forest, combined with careful processing, creates an intense and wild flavour experience. Clear jasmine aromatics are followed by heavier stone fruit character, mainly peach, and a round and fresh acidity of tangerine.
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