Ethiopia Gesha Village Illubabor Forest Washed


Variety Illubabor Forest
Process Washed
Altitude 2000 masl
Harvest Nov - Jan
Flavours Lemon l Black Tea l Vanilla 

This is the first every offering of the Illubabor Forest variety at STC. It reminds me of a classic Ethiopian from the Yirgacheffe region. It's clean. It's crisp. It's tea like. There is a lovely sweet floral note and despite being tea like it has this big chewy body. Both of these characteristics definitely make me think of the Gesha variety. I must admit, I really enjoy this coffee and I'm super happy to have this plus so many other Gesha Village offerings in the line up.

From the importer:

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.

The 8 different zones, or sub-farms, are named after nearby villages and important sites. You'll find, Bangi, Dimma, Gaylee, Oma, Narsha, Surma, Shewa-Jibabu and Shaya featured amongst Gesha Village offerings.

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 Dimma, which is named after the gold-mining town north of the farm, it's a Illubabor Forest. The coffee is dried for 22 days in raised beds under the sun.

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