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Exploring Gesha

The Village

Exploring Gesha

Once we located our ideal piece of land in Bench Maji on which we could build Gesha Village, we planted coffee trees, relying not just on the Gori Gesha seeds we harvested from the nearby forest, but several other local varieties.

Coffee varieties

We are currently growing a few carefully chosen coffee varieties at Gesha Village Coffee Estate:

Original Gesha

These seeds were gathered from the Gori Gesha coffee forest, located 20 kilometers from our farm. Through historic expedition research and genetic testing, this location in Gori Gesha has been determined to be the collection site of the Panamanian Geisha.

We have two varieties from this site, named after the expedition when the coffee was discovered:

Gesha 1931

This is a selection made from the diverse forest population that closely resembles the Panamanian Geisha. This selection was made by looking at the plant morphology, bean shape and size, as well as its cup profile.

Gori Gesha

This original heirloom variety replicates the genetic diversity within the Gori Gesha forest. These seeds were harvested in 2011 through our own expedition. Donec ullamcorper nulla non fringilla.

Additionally, we have one cultivar from the research center in Ethiopia:

Illubabor Forest

The selection for this disease-resistant variety was made from an expedition to the Illubabor coffee forest in 1974.


The farm is divided into 8 blocks:

Block name: Bangi
Hectare: 54
Elevation: 1911 – 2001 m
Variety:  Gori Gesha
Block name: Oma
Hectare: 67.6
Elevation: 1931 – 2040 m
Variety: Gesha 1931
Block name: Surma
Hectare: 45.9
Elevation: 1909 – 2063 m
Variety: Gesha 1931
Block name: Shewa –Jibabu
Hectare: 48.5
Elevation: 1973 – 2069 m
Variety: Gori Gesha
Block name: Shaya
Hectare: 36.5
Elevation: 1926 – 2069 m
Variety: Gori Gesha
Block name: Gaylee
Hectare: 34.8
Elevation: 1916 – 1982 m
Variety: Illubabor Forest
Block name: Narsha
Hectare: 5.3
Elevation: 1963 – 1977m
Variety: Gesha 1931
Block name: Dimma
Hectare: 28.7
Elevation: 1966 – 2019 m
Variety: Illubabor Forest

We have divided Gesha Village into eight sub-farms—which we refer to as blocks—where we track the production of our three varieties, as well as experiment with different approaches to processing and fermentation. Cherries picked from each block are tagged to indicate their origin, and through a tracking system we developed in-house, we follow their journey all the way from the mill to export.

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Farm area Hectares Elevation Variety Flavor profile Block description
Bangi 54 1,911-2,001m Gori Gesha Expressive aromas of honeysuckle and spices. Intense flavors of dark chocolate and spices infused with notes of Mexican mole, red fruit, black tea, molasses and black currant The neighborhood east of the farm called ‘Bangi-Chichuru,’ where the majority of our workers come from
Dimma 28.7 1,966-2,019m Illubabor
A lively flavor profile of coffee blossom, stone fruit, with a pointed acidity and refreshing citrus aftertaste Named after the famous gold-mining town of Dimma, which lies toward the north of the farm
Gaylee 34.8 1,916-1,982m Illubabor
A tightly knit flavor profile of fruits and spices, intense sweetness of marzipan, lemongrass, hibiscus, infused with floral notes of jasmine, and the sweetness of stone fruit The southeast-facing kebele (neighborhood) adjacent to the farm, officially named ‘Gaylee-Gesha,’ where Gesha Village’s source of water comes from, the Yetgordon river
Oma 67.6 1,931-2,040m Gesha 1931 Exotic aromas of tea rose, with the profound scent of jasmine. Delicate flavors of peach, apricot, candied fruit, melon, satsuma mandarin supported by a honey sweetness Named after the respected and loved religious leader of the Meanit people
Narsha 5.3 1,963-1,977m Gesha 1931 Honeysuckle, yellow fruit, lime, dark chocolate, peach, apricot, rose, with a clean piquant acidity, and a lingering aftertaste of bergamot This is the smallest farm block. Located in the southern area of the farm, it’s named after an indigenous tree that is prolific in the area
Surma 45.9 1,909-2,063m Gesha 1931 Soft and perfumed. Jasmine, Damascus rose, strawberry, ripe watermelon, red apple, and delicate spices Featuring breathtaking views of the valley below, this farm block is named after the pastoralist ethnic group, the Surma, who inhabit the lowlands toward the southwest
48.5 1,973-2,069m Gori Gesha Flavors laced with spices, strawberry, ripe peach, papaya, floral, dark chocolate, tamarind, orange, and bergamot Facing north, this block is named after a mountain and kebele (neighborhood) adjacent to the farm, where many of our workers come from
Shaya 36.5 1,926-2,069m Gori Gesha Delicate aromas of jasmine, bergamot, and orange. Deep flavors of dark chocolate, tangerine juice, Bing cherries, molasses, Meyer lemon,
berries, with the sweetness of red apple
Named after the tribal leader of the Meanit people who governs, advises and works with the community

Processing Types

We use several processing methods at Gesha Village Coffee Estate to bring out
the optimal flavor from our cherries. Our methods are:


This process uses the mechanical demucilager to scrub away the mucilage from the coffee cherries. The coffee then undergoes full wet fermentation, where it’s soaked for 12 to 36 hours and then channel-washed. The coffee is then shade-dried for two to three days until it reaches 30 percent moisture content, then it is sun-dried on raised African beds to 11 percent moisture. The coffee undergoes 12 to 19 total drying days in this process.


In this process, the coffee is sun-dried with the whole coffee cherry intact in thin layers on raised African beds. A parabolic plastic cover is used in the evening for increased air-flow to the coffee. The coffee undergoes 18 to 30 total drying days in the natural process.


In this type of processing, the skin of the fresh cherry is physically removed by a pulper machine without the addition of water, as with fully washed processing. After pulping, the coffee bypasses the demucilager to retain its mucilage. The coffee is then dried until it reaches 11 percent moisture content.

Plantation Facts

Harvest: Early October to
Location: Southwestern Ethiopia,
Bench Maji zone
Land: Total farm area of 471 hectares, 320 hectares
planted with coffee
Elevation: 1,909-2,069 meters above sea level
Total trees: 700,000
Preservation area: 27%
Shade: Agroforestry system with a mix of indigenous shade tree varieties
Soil: Virgin forest, brown-red loamy soil
Temperature: 9-30˚C
Wildlife: Variety of birds, wild boar, deer, cheetah, buffalo, lion, colobus monkey, hyena, porcupine, rabbit, and other endemic species

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  • Very classy green bean presentation from @gsc_international ! Thanks to the team. 
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서울카페쇼에서 어마어마한 원두들을 사냥해온
가장 유명한 "파나마 게이샤"의 출생지 오리지널 원산지가
에티오피아인것 아시나요?
2011년, 에티오피아 서쪽 끝에 위치한 벤치마지 지역에
스페셜티 커피를 위한 게샤 빌리지가 형성되었고,
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
바로 그 에티오피아 고리게샤 지역에서 태어난
오리지널 게이샤를 선보이게 되었습니다
먀사장만의 향미를 극대화시켜 살리는
약배전 로스팅으로 최고의 게이샤로 곧 선보여 드릴 예정이옵니다
진짜 최고의 게이샤를 맛보여 드릴테니
기대해 주세요!! .
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  • Great times at Cafe Show Seoul! Thanks to all the great importers, roasters and coffee fans for your enthusiasm.
  • GV auction lot now available at MAME. Check it out!
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New coffees 🎉
We will have 3 beautiful coffees newly🤘🏻
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🍷
Happy to serve them to you at both MAMEs!
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센터커피 - Center Coffee
낙엽이 떨어지는 지금 이 계절에 어울리는 커피 소개합니다. 바로 Ethiopia Gesha Village Champions Reserve Oma Gesha 1931 입니다!
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! 
We recommend @Geshavillage Champions Reserve for you! Its the perfect match with the Autumnal vibe like today. 
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  • Perfect red cherries and a smile!
Meet harvest 2019/20
  • 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. .
🙌🐼 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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