In 2011 we began developing a 500 hectare coffee farm in Gesha, Ethiopia with one vision in mind: to produce the best coffee in the world. After an exhaustive search, the estate location was chosen based on our strict criteria of altitude (1900-2100 MASL), ample rainfall, temperature patterns, rich virgin forest soil, old growth trees, and an existing coffee ecosystem.

A seed selection has been harvested from the Gori Gesha wild coffee forest found 20 km from our farm, the site where the famous Panamanian Gesha was selected in the 1930s.

The Meanit people of Ethiopia are the inhabitants and protectors of Gesha.

The planting density of our farm at 2000-trees/hectare is moderate and supports a sustainable ecosystem for our coffee.

In our first three years we have planted over 30,000 native shade trees on land that had previously been deforested.

Research, conservation, and exploration of the Gesha variety are ongoing focuses of our farm. We have begun projects on genetic testing, climate research and a Gesha botanical garden.

We invite our clients to actively participate in these projects.

Our priority is maintaining the rich biodiversity of the native forest canopy that the heirloom Gesha coffee spontaneously grows in.

For sales, pre-orders, farm visits and barista collaborations, contact Adam at info@geshavillage.com.

Currently, we have 6 coffee varieties growing on the estate. These are washed with an eco-friendly Penagos wet-mill or processed as naturals.

Due to the overwhelming success of our initial cupping trials of the native Gesha variety, we have partnered with the local community to bring this coffee to the market. It is washed and processed by our farm, but grown by surrounding farmers or gathered from the wild coffee forest. We share a significant amount of the profits we receive from the sales of this coffee with the community.

It began with a film.
In 2007, we were commissioned to create a documentary on Ethiopian coffee. The more people we interviewed from the coffee industry, the more we were overwhelmed by their warmth, support, and openness. A dream began to take root. What about a farm of our own? We took a course with Boot Coffee in Panama, and began to think seriously about what it would take to grow coffee, and make it special. We pulled out maps. We asked a million questions.

Forest of Dream
Start a farm. Save a forest. Develop an industry within a community. Find the origin of Gesha coffee. Each of these dreams is so big, we never imagined them coming together at once. But the Gesha forest taught us to think bigger. Gesha Village Coffee Estate is the culmination of our dreams.

"You should go to Gesha."
It didn’t click right away. For three years, we searched for land. We hoped to stay close to Addis Ababa, where it’s easier to find employees and transportation. But our short list of essential criteria drew us farther and farther afield in pursuit of the right elevation, the perfect microclimate, that something unique that’s hard to describe until you see it, or taste it in the cup. Finally, we arrived in Bench-Maji, a 2-day drive from Addis, almost at the Sudanese border. Exotic and remote, it had been entirely isolated until the construction of a road, just a few years prior. The Meanit people who live there resembled the Southern Omo, and spoke their own language. “China,” they called out to us-- their term for anyone foreign. But despite barriers, they welcomed us and communicated such incredible warmth. We hiked in and saw the land. We fell in love. We broke ground in October, 2011.

"Starting something in the middle of nowhere is not a perfect science."
We didn’t have a lot of specific expectations. We wanted to find out what was already growing in this magical forest, to get a sense of its potential. Two months later, we took a long, treacherous trip, deep into the Gori Gesha forest, to look for local seeds. I remember walking, thinking “where am I going? How are we going to get home?” But the forest was a holy grail of coffee-- there was an embarrassment of it everywhere, healthy and productive.

“Let’s see what we have.”
We had identified bronze and green-tip local varieties, similar to the variation found in Panamanian Geisha. We knew it couldn’t be identical to Panamanian Geisha- there are so many environmental factors involved-- but was it good? With our hearts in our hands, we gave our first, imprecisely-processed coffee to Willem Boot to cup. The result was one of the best coffees on the Cupping Caravan that year. We knew we had something special.

For the Future
Our 2007 film was titled Full Circle: Coffee Comes Home to Ethiopia. It’s 2015 now, and we have planted 300 hectares. Next year we will plant an additional 50, with ample area reserved for preservation. Our dreams are still close to our hearts, but now we are also allowing the forest to guide us to cultivate our farm consciously, harmoniously, and sustainably with the environment and its people to produce the best cup of coffee in the world. What better way to bring Gesha home to Ethiopia?
Adam Overton and Partners
Owners
Gesha Village Coffee Estate

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