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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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  • Very classy green bean presentation from @gsc_international ! Thanks to the team. 
Repost @cafemya
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카페먀
서울카페쇼에서 어마어마한 원두들을 사냥해온
먀사장입니다!!
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가장 유명한 "파나마 게이샤"의 출생지 오리지널 원산지가
에티오피아인것 아시나요?
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2011년, 에티오피아 서쪽 끝에 위치한 벤치마지 지역에
스페셜티 커피를 위한 게샤 빌리지가 형성되었고,
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모든 게이샤종의 출생지인
고리게샤 숲에서 최고급 게이샤종을 엄선해서 재배되어
여러분이 익히 아시는 게이샤가 탄생하게 되었답니다
높은 고도에서 재배되어 밀도가 단단하고
산뜻하고 고급스러운 산미가 일품이지요
잘익은 복숭아와 향긋한 얼그레이 아로마를 가지고 있는
에티오피아 게이샤를
카페먀에서
바로 그 에티오피아 고리게샤 지역에서 태어난
오리지널 게이샤를 선보이게 되었습니다
먀사장만의 향미를 극대화시켜 살리는
약배전 로스팅으로 최고의 게이샤로 곧 선보여 드릴 예정이옵니다
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진짜 최고의 게이샤를 맛보여 드릴테니
기대해 주세요!! .
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#카페먀 #cafemya #영주동카페 #부산역카페 #초량카페 #부산신상카페 #부산로스터리카페
#게이샤 #에티오피아 #에티오피아게이샤 #스페셜티 #specialty
#약배전로스팅 #약배전 #gesha #gorigesha #ethiopia #ethiopiagesha
#geshavillage
  • Great times at Cafe Show Seoul! Thanks to all the great importers, roasters and coffee fans for your enthusiasm.
#geshavillage
  • GV auction lot now available at MAME. Check it out!
Repost @mamespecialtycoffee
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MAME
New coffees 🎉
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We will have 3 beautiful coffees newly🤘🏻
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Nelson - our barista @swedishcoffeeguy competed this year at WBC in Boston🍋
Gesha Village lot 8 - our auction lot being super floral and complex🌸
La Senda - being winey and boozy, yet elegant🍷
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Happy to serve them to you at both MAMEs!
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#specialtycoffee 
@productor.coffee
@geshavillage 
@fincalasenda
#geshavillage
  • Repost @centercoffee
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센터커피 - Center Coffee
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낙엽이 떨어지는 지금 이 계절에 어울리는 커피 소개합니다. 바로 Ethiopia Gesha Village Champions Reserve Oma Gesha 1931 입니다!
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마치 커피에 딸기잼 한큰술 넣은거 같이, 잘익은 딸기 플레이버 와 향, 블랙베리의 달콤함이 지금 이시기 와 너무 잘 어울리는 커피에요. 
따듯하게 드시면 맛 을 조금더 선명하게 느끼실 수 있습니다! 
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We recommend @Geshavillage Champions Reserve for you! Its the perfect match with the Autumnal vibe like today. 
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#센터커피 #centercoffee #강남카페 #삼성동카페 #을지로카페 #을지로맛집 #명동카페 #명동맛집 #서울숲 #서울숲카페 #성수동카페 #성수동맛집 #뚝섬카페 #seoulcafe #myeongdong #specialtycoffee #センターコーヒー #明洞カフェ #韓国カフェ #明洞カフェ #ソウルカフェ  #ソウル旅行 #明洞 #渡韓 #韓国旅行 #seoulforest
  • Perfect red cherries and a smile!
Meet harvest 2019/20
#geshavillage
  • Thank you Black and White for your continued support of our farm and community!
Repost @blackwhiteroasters
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Black and White Coffee Roasters
It’s here, our first iteration of our three part Holiday Blends. We put two of our direct partnership coffees into this; Gesha Village Natural and Jorge Raul Rivera Honey process. Floral notes with Fuji Apple and turbinado sugar sweetness makes this coffee delicious. .
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🙌🐼 For every pound of any of our Holiday Blends sold we are donating a $1 towards Gesha Village’s project to build a high school in the area. The school will be a vital addition to the community: currently, education in the area continues only to eight grade and the closest high school is located more than 60km away. .
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#blackwhiteroasters #singleorigincoffee #specialtycoffee #specialtycoffeeroaster #butfirstcoffee #drinkmorecoffee #geshavillage #geshavillagecoffee #directtrade #keepitsimple #ethiopiancoffee
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