Arrived July 10th, 2022 to Calgary Warehouse in Calgary, AB

Forward has purchased 2 x 30kg boxes of Gesha Village Narsha lot 22/121 Natural Gesha 1931

One (1) box has been booked by Rose Coffee Roasters in Zurich, Switzerland

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. Forward is proud to offer a diverse offering list, with each terroir represented in the catalog. For a full list of Gesha Village offerings, please follow this link.

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 maple, stonefruit qualities such as plum and apricot, with a very balanced overall cup.

Variety: Gesha 1931
Price Forward Paid per kilogram: $48.62 USD FOB
Process: Natural
Total kilos available: 150 kg 
Harvest date: 26/1/2022 - 2/2/2022 
Fermentation: no intentional fermentation stage is utilized
Drying time: 28 days dried on raised beds  
Drying temperature: 35 °C Max. - 20 °C Min.  
Altitude: 1963 - 1977 masl
Rainfall:  2000 mm/year
Humidity: 10 – 90%
Geographic Location: South West State, West Omo Zone