Gesha Village - 2020 Wet Processed

Gesha Village - 2020 Wet Processed

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This year’s wet processed offering from Gesha Village is a beautiful lot that highlights a disease-resistant variety acquired from the Jimma Agricultural Research Center that the team at Gesha Village Estates refers to as the “Illubabor Forest” variety.

As with all of our favorite wet processed lots from previous Gesha Village harvests, this 2020 Illubabor Forest selection is immaculately clean and presents a profound flavor complexity in a beautifully subtle and elegant way. Notes of wafer cookie, delicate florals, and citrus, on the nose introduce a cup offering a pleasing balance of brown sugar sweetness, soft lemon acidity, and refreshing flavors of strawberry and honeydew melon.

The majority of Passenger’s selections from past Gesha Village harvests have been of the heirloom variety that Rachel and Adam refer to as “Gesha 1931”. This year, we were incredibly impressed by a wet processed lot featuring the JARC selected variety which they designate as “Illubabor Forest”.

Gesha Village, Ethiopia

The Gesha Village journey began back in 2007 when Adam Overton and Rachel Samuel were making a documentary about coffee for the Ethiopian government. It was during this project that they were first introduced to Dr. Girma, their guide through the Gera Coffee Forest near Jimma. Dr. Girma is a coffee researcher and is a wealth of information about coffee agronomy, and farm management. During the process of creating this documentary, Rachel was reintroduced to her birth country and Adam became fascinated by the rich coffee history of the birthplace of coffee.

By the end of this coffee expedition, the couple felt compelled to start their own coffee farm. They saw too much unexplored potential and opportunity in Ethiopia’s wild coffee forests to ignore. Even though the country’s coffee trade was established long ago, Ethiopia’s coffee sector as a whole was and indeed still is far behind newer coffee origins in terms of agricultural and processing innovations, as well as market access, which - in the current state of the coffee industry - are some of the most important distinctions between specialty and commercial coffee. Adam and Rachel sought to utilize this gap in the Ethiopian specialty market to establish Gesha Village Estate.


Founder of Gesha Village, Adam Overton

On our last sourcing trip to Ethiopia in January 2020, Passenger’s green buying team visited Adam and Rachel at their cupping lab in Addis Ababa and tasted early samples from the 2019-2020 harvest. Our latest wet and dry processed selections represent the fifth consecutive year that Passenger has presented coffees produced by the Gesha Village team. Despite unusual logistical difficulties in the supply chain due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the coffees landed in pristine condition and we couldn’t be more excited to share them.

Three varieties are grown on Gesha Village: two heirloom Gesha varieties and one disease-resistant variety acquired from the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC). The two heirloom varieties were selected from the nearby (20km away) Gori Gesha forest, which through genetic testing has been determined to be the collection site for the famous 1931 expedition that resulted in the now much celebrated Panamanian Gesha variety.

Coffee lovers who have experienced the incredibly distinctive flavor profile of Passenger’s annual selections from Hacienda La Esmeralda, will find a fascinating comparative tasting opportunity in these latest extraordinary offerings from Gesha Village.

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