Ethiopia Gesha Village Oma
After filming a documentary on Ethiopian coffee and falling in love with Ethiopian coffee culture, Adam Overton and his wife Rachel were inspired to start a farm and find the origin of the Gesha variety. An exhaustive search for a piece of land eventually brought them to Bench-Maji, in the southwestern corner of Ethiopia close to the border with South Sudan. This is the very place where the famous Panamanian Geisha seedlings were selected in the 1930s, so it’s no surprise he found similar varieties growing naturally in the forest. After tasting the coffee, they knew they had found something special.
In 2011, Adam and Rachel realized their dream by founding Gesha Village, a 500-hectare farm that produces amazing coffee while promoting conservation and research. Over 30,000 native shade trees have been planted on land that was once deforested, restoring the forest canopy that heirloom Gesha had traditionally grown under. Coffee genetics testing, and climate research are focuses on the farm, as plant diseases and climate change loom over the prosperity of the specialty coffee industry.
This lot comes from the Oma section of Gesha Village Coffee Estate, one of eight distinct blocks differentiated by size, elevation and variety. The Oma block is planted with a variety they’re calling Gesha 1931, which is a nod to year this variety made its way out to Ethiopia to a research station in Central America. Gesha 1931 is a selection that most closely resembles the Geisha variety in Panama, based on the shape and size of the beans, flavor profile, and plant morphology.