Ethiopia

Gesha Village

About

Gesha Village

Gesha Village

Highlights

  • Gesha Village offers the best Gesha coffees you can find on the market.
  • With a $105 per pound, Gesha Village holds the record for the highest-paid African coffee in history.
  • Rachel and Adam brought Gesha coffees back to their birth grounds.

The Story of Gesha Village

Near the border of South Sudan, you find the wild, dense, and stunning forests of the Bench Maji Zone. Home to the radiant Gesha coffees. A coffee that astonishes coffee drinkers around the globe with sparkling clean acidity-rich profiles. The story of Gesha Village begins here.

Rachel Samuel and Adam Overton developed a passion for coffee while producing a documentary about Ethiopian coffee in 2007. They fell in love with Ethiopia, its people, and the coffee. Their path led them to Willem Boot, a coffee educator, and an authority in the field of Gesha coffees.

After intense training from Willem, Rachel and Adam returned to Bench Maji to search for the perfect spot for a coffee farm. After months of searching, they found a beautiful untouched piece of lush land; the future Gesha Village. Just a stone’s throw away from the birth grounds of the famous Panamanian Geisha. In 2011, Rachel and Adam finally revived the legend of the Ethiopian Gesha coffee.

Gesha Village is a 471-hectare farm with high elevation, ample rainfall, temperate climates, and fruitful ground. Rachel and Adam started to select wild Gesha seeds from the neighboring Gori Gesha forest and planted these among the indigenous trees.

Making Gesha Village blend in with nature

They paired 2000 coffee trees per hectare with 30.000 native shade trees. Their agroforestry farming approach creates a balance between the original environment and the commercial management of the farm. The farm aims to protect and honor the natural environment all the while growing and delivering fantastic Gesha coffees.

Gesha varieties and farm blocks

They divided Gesha into eight sub-farms; Bangi, Narsha Gaylee, Dimma, Shaya, Oma, Surma, and Shewa-Jibabu. Gesha workers label each batch of cherries to offer buyers full traceability. In these blocks, they planted three varieties; the Gesha 1931, Gori Gesha, and Illubabor.

Pride of Gesha auction

In 2016, Rachel and Adam started the Pride of Gesha auctions. Once a year, coffee roasters around the globe flock to bid on the best that the farm offers.

Pride of Gesha offers 88-scoring, and above, coffees with floral, winey, and sweet cup profiles that set the Gesha coffee apart from other coffees.

Trabocca and Gesha

Gesha Village offers you two ways to buy Gesha coffees. One option is to buy the Gesha’s via the Pride of Gesha auction. The other option is to buy from a coffee importer, such as Trabocca. We have the privilege to select and import Gesha coffees before the auction. Please log in to MyTrabocca to see our Gesha offerings.

Technical

Information

Region

bench-maji

Certifications

Non-Certified

Processes

Washed, Natural

Varieties

Gesha 1931, Gori Gesha

Altitude

1900 - 2100 masl.

Traceability

of supply-chain

  1. 1. Gesha Village


    Pickers gather the cherries during harvest (October to January).
  2. 2. Washing Station


    The coffee is washed within the farms compound.
  3. 3. Drying Station


    Or dried on raised African drying beds.
  4. 4. Exported


    Rachel and Adam export the coffee themselves.
  5. 5. Shipping line


    As Trabocca, we work directly (as opposed to via third parties) with ocean lines, transport providers, and warehouses to negotiate fair prices and timely service.
  6. 6. Warehouses


    Trabocca has long-standing, proven relationships with over 15 warehouses globally.
  7. 7. Trabocca


    Besides selecting the finest non-auction lots and providing logistical services, we check the quality of this coffee extensively. Type, stock, pre-shipment, and spot samples are all cupped by our Q Graders in Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, and Minneapolis.
  8. 8. You


    And finally, the Gesha coffee arrives at your roasting facilities doorstep.

Timeline

of Gesha Village

1930s

Gesha coffee variety discovered during British colonial expeditions.

2007

Rachel and Adam shoot a documentary about Ethiopia’s coffee.

2011

Rachel and Adam start Gesha Village.

2016

Rachel and Adam organize the first Gesha Village Coffee Auction. Today the auction is known as Pride of Gesha.

Pictures & links

of Gesha Village