Travel Journal From Gesha Village
Approximately twenty hours into the drive from Addis Ababa to Adam Overton's farm in Gesha, Western Ethiopia, you begin to notice a shift. As you crest hill after hill and enter the southwest highlands of Ethiopia, a lushness appropriate of the region's biological significance replaces the semi-arid landscape you've come accustomed to on your route. Gesha, along the border of South Sudan, is birthplace of two very import species: coffea arabica (coffee!) and homo sapiens (humans!). It's only fitting that the setting matches the content.
Adam's farm is unlike any other I have ever visited. Many of the workers on the farm are relatively new to coffee farming and thus do not harbor bad habits such as picking underripe cherries. Processing is absolutely meticulous: fermentation is carefully monitored, equipment is wonderfully cared for and cleaned, moisture readings are measured daily on the drying beds. The farm is a beacon for progressive best practices, and coffee thrives in Gesha unlike anywhere else I've visited in my years as a coffee professional. Careful stewardship and proper husbandry result in a cup that is no less than ethereal.
In a way, Gesha Village represents a pure distillation of "coffee," connecting modern practice to ancient history. Gesha predates agriculture, trade routes and globalization by millennia, without which I imagine the crop would survive on it's own, maybe on the very land this lot came from. For me personally, both philosophically as well as in the cup, this lot represents the ideal coffee.
-- David Stallings, Green Coffee Buyer