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Arrived November 23th, 2022 to Continental Terminals, New Jersey.

Transferred January 24th, 2023 to Calgary Warehouse.

Forward has purchased 8 x 30kg boxes of Gesha Village Gaylee lot 22/026 Honey Illubabor Forest.

Two (2) boxes have been booked by Craft 42 Roasters in Kelowna, British Columbia.

One (1) box of this lot has been booked by Seth Taylor Coffee by Design in Toronto, Ontario.

One (1) box of this lot has been booked by Sought x Found Coffee in Calgary, Alberta.

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 Gaylee block, which is named after the southeast-facing neighbourhood nearby to the farm, where Gesha Villages water source comes from. This lot is exclusively planted with Illubabor Forest, a variety that was discovered in the nearby areas and is taken directly to dry for 26 days in raised beds under the sun and mixed shade. There is no intentional fermentation stage utilized.

The profile on this lot is red and pink in colour. There's strawberry and rose, with a winey acidity that's balanced and refreshing. Then there is secondary notes of mandarin orange and orange blossom, adding wonderful complexities and balance.

Variety: Illubabor Forest Variety
Price Forward Paid per kilogram: $21.04 USD FOB
Process: Honey 
Total kilos available: 240 kg (8 x 30kg Boxes)
Harvest date: 17/11/2021 
Fermentation: no intentional fermentation is utilized
Drying time: 21 days dried on raised beds
Drying temperature: 35 °C Max. - 20 °C Min.  
Altitude: 1916 - 1982 masl
Rainfall:  2000 mm/year
Humidity: 10 – 90%
Geographic Location: South West State, West Omo Zone