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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 @barista.simon 
Barista🇨🇳Simon🇨🇳
Gesha Village auction lots of 2019 @geshavillage !☕️-Day496
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  • Repost @blendincoffeeclub 
#geshavillage New Gesha Village Champion Reserve lot No. 6 is in-house now! We’ll have it available on our shelf very soon. Who’s ready to try it? 🙋🏻‍♀️
  • White Owl Coffee in Abu Dhabi won Champions Reserve lots 1,2,3 and 4 in this year's auction - roasting now. Go check them out!
Repost @whiteowl.coffee 
MAMAMIA, RSV 1: 
Floral qualities of jasmin and honeysuckle. Balanced delicate sweetness of stonefruit, molasses and papaya.
  • Repost @cuppingroomhk 
For the third year in a row, we continue to build on our relationship 🤝with Adam and Rachel Overton and bring in more amazing coffees from Gesha Village in Ethiopia.
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We’re relieved to hear that the team in Ethiopia is safe, and we can’t wait to get our hands on our next shipment of the 2019 crop from Gesha Village.
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⚡️⚡️ #cuppingroomhk #cuppingroomcoffeeroasters #geshavillage #brewlikeachamp @geshavillage #ethiopia
  • Repost @arisatomacafenegro 
4/4 SEASONS COFFEE 
東京都新宿区新宿2-7-7
先週末、4/4 SEASONS COFFEE で行われているイベントへ行ってきました。
オーストリアのメルボルンにあるCartel Roasters で焙煎されているゲシャビレッジをいただけるということでわくわくしながら訪問☺️💕
私がいただいたのは、
Ethiopia,parities 
OMA Lot86
果物を連想させるフルーティーな感じで、私好みでした😍☕️ イベントにお誘いいただけて感謝です。
ますますエチオピアに行きたい🇪🇹
  • Repost @tlscoffee
Fan of @geshavillage ? 🥳🥳
We give you 3 varieties from GESHA VILLAGE. Gesha 1931, Gori Gesha and Illubabor Forest.
Come and talk to our barista to know more about this amazing farm!👍👍
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