Ethiopia

Gera Farm

About

Gera Farm

Gera Farm

Highlights

  • Gera is known for its juicy washed Limu coffees.
  • The Gera Farm spans over 500 hectares, 228 hectares is now used for producing coffee - the rest is covered with coffee seedlings and will produce in a few years from now.

Gera, land of honey and coffee

Present-day Gera is a district in western Ethiopia whose borders roughly match those of an old kingdom of the same name that existed here almost 200 years ago. One of the five ancient Oromo kingdoms of the Gibe area, Gera was renowned for its exquisite honey. The golden liquid is still an important product of the area, but today, so is coffee.

Gera district is a high-altitude location, with some spots well over 2000 meters above sea level. In addition, over half the land is old, untouched forest. The combination makes for a location that is well suited for coffee trees, and in fact, there are many that grow naturally here. The Gera coffee farm sits on 1000 hectares of this beautiful area with most of the land between 1780 to 2100 meters above sea level.

Tracon and Gera

Tracon, a large family-owned export business, established the Gera farm in 2008 with work starting on 100 hectares of land. More coffee is planted every year and, as of 2019, about 500 hectares of the plantation is home to young and fruitful coffee trees. To ensure they were growing the best coffee possible, Tracon’s agronomists worked with the research institute in Jimma to select local varietals best suited for the location.

As coffee trees take a few years to become productive, the plantation only harvests coffee from 228 hectares of land (as of 2019). However, over the past couple of years, Tracon harvested close to 500,000 kg of red cherries annually, so this is still a significant amount. Of this, the majority is washed, while 20 percent is natural sundried.

Aklilu Taye, who overseas Tracon’s various coffee interests, describes the Gera plantation’s coffee as “promising” because the majority of the farm’s coffee produce meets grade one standards, and its fruity flavors are gaining recognition with customers worldwide.

The future of Gera Farm

Over the next ten years, Tracon hopes to plant coffee in the remaining 500 hectares of undeveloped land on the farm. However, the farm’s current focus is on improving productivity in areas that already have coffee trees.

A lot of the work revolves around proper care of the trees to improve yield and is followed by industry-standard processes after harvest. However, another important aspect is the productivity of the farm’s many employees, and Tracon is making it a point to create good working and living conditions for its employees.

Living in harmony with nature

Lastly, Gera’s forests are protected, and the farm works hard on maintaining the natural forest that is within its borders. While modern coffee farming does affect the area in a way, Tracon’s goal is to minimize these effects and work in harmony with the existing wildlife in the area by leaving deep forest habitats untouched. After all, the forests are an important factor in giving much of Ethiopia’s coffee its unique flavors.

Certification ambitions

Certification is another item on the farm’s agenda. The Gera farm’s coffee is organic, but not yet certified. Work is underway to obtain UTZ certification, and after that, Tracon hopes to obtain Rainforest Alliance certification. While the certification process is long, Aklilu believes it is an excellent way to identify any shortcomings in the farm and address them. He is hopeful that UTZ certification is just a year or two away.

Living in harmony with nature

Lastly, Gera’s forests are protected, and the farm works hard on maintaining the natural forest that is within its borders. While modern coffee farming does affect the area in a way, Tracon’s goal is to minimize these effects and work in harmony with the existing wildlife in the area by leaving deep forest habitats untouched. After all, the forests are an important factor in giving much of Ethiopia’s coffee its unique flavors.

Technical

Information

Region

limu

Certifications

Non-Certified

Processes

Washed

Varieties

Mixed Heirloom

Altitude

1780 - 2100 masl.

Producer

Aklilu Taye

Traceability

of supply-chain

  1. 1. Gera farmers


    Gera Farm employes 70 permanent farmers that tend to 228 hectares of semi-forest.
  2. 2. Gera Washing Station


    The employees deliver the cherries to the Gera Washing Station. Coffees are fermented for 36 - 48 hours and parchment is dried for 10 days.
  3. 3. Tracon Drymill


    The parchment arrives in Addis Ababa at the Tracon Drymill. Here, coffees are milled, bagged, and prepared for export.
  4. 4. Tracon Trading PLC


    The export of Gera coffee is handled by Tracon Trading PLC. Tracon also owns the Gera Farm.
  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. The Suke Quto coffee can be found in our USA and EU based warehouses.
  7. 7. Trabocca


    Besides selecting the finest Gera 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 Gera coffee arrives at your roasting facilities doorstep. Ready to be roasted and consumed by your audience.

Timeline

of Gera Farm

2008

Tracon Trading PLC establishes Gera Farm.

2019

Tracon expanded their Gera Farm to 500 hectares of land. 228 hectares are now in production.

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