Adam Overton, Rachel Samuel
1963 – 1977 masl
orange blossom • pink grapefruit • lemon tea
Gesha Village is one of the most cherished coffee producers on the planet with 471-hectares in the Bench Maji zone of Ethiopia, nearby the town of Gesha and the Gori Gesha forest, the birthplace of the Gesha variety.
Owned and operated by Adam Overton, Rachel Samuel and Willem Boot, this project was started in 2007 and has quickly developed to be an idolized producer in the specialty coffee world. With ~320 hectares planted of Gesha 1931, Gori Gesha and Illubabor Forest varieties, throughout 8 different zones that correlate with unique terroir.
A mixed system of agroforesty practices are utilized, with mostly natural forests providing shade and introducing the coffee to a diverse wildlife and flora, which provide a symbiotic system of organisms. The soil is brown-red loamy and virgin forest.
This lot comes from the Narsha block, which is named after an indigenous tree that is prolific in the area – this is the smallest block of the farm at 5.3 hectares. This lot is Gesha 1931, which is processed in a traditional natural styling, utilizing no intentional fermentation stage. The coffee is dried for 28 days in raised beds under the sun.
The cup profile is perfumed and citric. Texturally this coffee has a more dense presence than other lots this season, with an orange marmalade and blood orange quality. There’s a sweetness reminiscent of lemon tea, with a very balanced overall cup.