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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 @cuppingroomhk 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Huge congratulations to Gu Donghwan of CBSC for winning 🥈 2nd Place in the 2020 Korea National Barista Championships!
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We are so thrilled that he chose to work with us and the amazing coffees of Gesha Village for a second year in a row.
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Last year he won 🥉 3rd Place using a natural G31 from Oma Block, and this year he used something truly exceptional — an experimental lot from Adam! Stay tuned to find out more...!
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⚡️⚡️#brewlikeachamp #cuppingroomhk #cuppingroomcoffeeroasters #roastedinhongkong @geshavillage 
#Repost @blackwaterissue with @get_repost
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2020 #KNBC 파이널리스트 구동환 #바리스타 @cbsc_official 소속 -
@geshavillage 의 게샤1931 품종의 커피를 사용한 구동환 바리스타는 보졸레 누보를 연상시키는 창작 메뉴를 선보였네요 🙃
  • Repost @intelligentsiacoffee 
The ultimate geisha bundle is here: Ethiopia Gesha Village 1931 vs. Colombia Geisha COE #1.  We’ve brought together two of the most fascinating and delicious geisha lots we’ve tasted and bundled them together so you can experience geisha at its most elegant and taste the specific differences in character that derive from the places they were grown! Tap to shop.
  • Repost @pksywonderwoman .
Gesha Village Innovators Reserve #4
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Pride of Gesha Auction 2019
Dimma Illubabor Forest
Bench maji zone , Ethiopia
Carbonic Maceretion Honey
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by Coffee BeanProject Roasters
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먼저 알아보고 마신 후기.실험적인 프로세싱을 한 커피들을 모아두고 옥션 진행. 허니프로세싱에서 점약질 남긴 상태서 탄산침용...커피체리를 탄산침용 이라니. 그래서 어쩐지 게이샤 품종의 그 티피컬한 산미 캐릭터가 엄청 절제되 안정적인 그리고 마치 기분 좋은 설탕차같은 맛이었다. 에티오피아 맞어? 하다가도 고소한 견과류 그리고 꿀물 느낌였는데, 테트라 드리퍼로 추출한 컵노트는 그리하여 아몬드, 꿀물, 수정과, 사쿠랑보차, 약간의 애플파이 느낌. 집에서 주로 쓰는 하리오로 내려마시면 또 다르려나 싶다가도. 탄산침용은, 매우 놀랍다. 아이스로 마시고프나 이제 가을이라, 뜨겁게 마시는 습관을 좋은 게이샤 커피와 함께🙏🏻
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Photo @pksyis
Coffee bean @beanproject
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#빈프로젝트 #게이샤 #게이샤옥션 #개이샤빌리지 #탄산침용 #허니프로세싱 #맛스타그램 #사쿠랑보 #과일차 #꿀물 #아몬드 #맛스타그램 #홈카페 #바리스타 #커피 #브루잉 #coffee #geshavillage #geshavillageinnovatorsreserve #dimmaillubaborforest #carbonicmaceretionhoney #photo #photography #barista #homecafe #コーヒー #お家カフェ #ドリップコーヒー #バリスタ
  • Repost @jbccoffeeroasters 
New! Introducing our Dynamic Duo. Gesha Village Coffee two ways. Same coffee (Gesha 1931 varietal), one washed-one natural process. Roasting Nov 7. A coffee experience not to be missed! These coffees are 🔥🔥🔥. #geshavillage  #geshacoffee #experiencefinecoffee #madisonwi
  • Repost @glitch_coffee 
We’ve got those beautiful Geshas super limited form @geshavillage 
Stay there, we will release them soon soon. 
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エチオピア🇪🇹ゲシャヴィレッジの
オークションロット4種類が到着致しました。
ただ今テスト焙煎中ですが、
まもなくリリース間近です。
スペシャルティコーヒーの枠を超えて
トップオブトップのセレクションを
今後も揃えて参ります。
貴重なカーボニックマセレーションの
Lot GVA.INV6もございます。
引き続きインスタグラムの情報を
チェックしていて下さいね。
良い週末をお過ごしください!
  • Repost @neroscuro_coffee 💥 🚨 🌟 
GESHA VILLAGE Surma lot #37 natural - Bench Maji, Ethiopia.
In the far western reaches of Ethiopia, close to the South Sudanese border, lie the wildly sprouting jungles of Bench Maji zone. It’s a place of stunning natural beauty, wherefrom a high-extending plateau one can take in the expanse of the Gori Gesha forest. Here, the Panamanian Geisha coffee varietal was discovered in the 1930s. This breathtaking landscape is home to Gesha Village Coffee Estate.
Gesha Village has been divided into eight blocks. The Lot #37 comes from the Surma block, named after the pastoralist ethnic group, the Surma, who inhabit the lowlands toward the southwest. At about 2000m above the sea level, the Gesha 1931 varietal is grown. The lot has been prepared according to the natural process. After selective hand-picking, the cherries were sun-dried in thin layers on raised African beds for 30 days, until a 10% residual moisture was reached. The cherries were then dry milled through a staged process: parchment removal, destoning, bean grading, gravity separation, optical color sorting, and others.
But the end result is what matters more: in the cup, this coffee is delicate, perfumed and sweet, with notes of peach, apricot, Damascus rose, and candied citrus.
#geshavillage #geshavillagecoffeeestate #geshacoffee
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