Ethiopia

Narsha

A highly controlled natural process enhances complexity and mouthfeel in this delicately balanced Gesha lot
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  • The Gesha 1931 varietal was selected for its similarity to the Panamanian Geisha strain.
  • The natural process adds rich complexity to the floral and fresh character Geisha coffees are known for.
  • Look for: Jasmine, Peach and Tangerine.
  • Whole Bean Coffee: 150g (5.3oz)
  • Minimum resting period: Filter 7 days
Kr. 209,00

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Expect notes of:

Jasmine, Peach and Tangerine

About the coffee

Narsha

This lot of Gesha 1931 was grown on the Narsha plot of Gesha Village, reaching up to almost 2000 masl at its highest point. The cherries were then dried in a careful natural process, using raised African beds. The coffee is dried in very thin layers, so almost no fermentation is allowed to occur on the beds. This is one of the reasons why such a clean cup is maintained in this lot. This incredible raw material, grown in its native wild forest, combined with careful processing, creates an intense and wild flavour experience. Clear jasmine aromatics are followed by heavier stone fruit character, mainly peach, and a round and fresh acidity of tangerine.

About the coffee

Gesha Village

Gesha Village lies in the Bench Maji zone of South Western Ethiopia, not far from the border with South Sudan. This area, in the high altitude humid forests where the Great Rift Valley passes into South Sudan, is thought to be the birthplace of Arabica coffee, and is still home to great genetic diversity. Here at Gesha Village however, one varietal sits in the spotlight; Geisha. Adam Overton and Rachel Samuel first travelled to Ethiopia in 2007 to make a documentary about its unique method of coffee production, and fell in love with the country. They decided during that short trip that they would eventually move to the country to start producing coffee themselves. They found a 471 hectare plot of land in Bench Maji, further west than we normally find specialty coffee in Ethiopia, in a remote area of untouched high altitude forest. The wild forest remained as coffee was planted, maintaining as much as possible of the biodiversity so crucial to the Ethiopian mode of production, while also providing ample shade for the fragile Geisha trees. This isn’t just any Geisha however. Gesha Village is located only around 20 km from the Gori Gesha forest, where the hallowed varietal of the same name was first isolated by British researchers in 1931. When preparing Gesha Village, the team behind the project trekked into the forest and gathered seeds from the wild coffee trees growing there, selecting those that genetically resembled the original 1931 expedition Geisha.

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When we
share a coffee

When we choose to share a coffee, it’s because we feel it showcases clear character in the cup, the origin of which can be traced back through the coffee chain. We are inspired not only by sharing this carefully created raw material, but by conveying how each step of the coffee’s journey has led to what you find in your cup, be it terroir, varietal, post-harvest processing, or something else entirely.

We roast with a gentle touch in order to unveil these characteristics with the highest level of clarity. Be it a dense, high-grown heirloom varietal from Ethiopia, or a lower-grown Bourbon from Brazil, we always aim for this same clarity, and write taste notes as an introduction as to what to expect from the raw material. We would expect higher acidity and a lower body from Ethiopia, so would use notes such as citrus fruits and tea to describe this. From Brazil, we are more likely to use notes such as chocolate and nuts; to convey the heavy, sweet character and pleasant dryness we expect from lower-grown coffees.

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Technical
Data

Producer Gesha Village
Region Bench Maji
Altitude 1950 masl
Varietal Gesha 1931
Process Natural
Harvest February 2020

Process
Washed

The natural, or dry process, is the traditional process, going back generations. When accomplished in a controlled and careful manner, dry processed coffees can produce flavour experiences not found in wet processed coffees, deep fruits and florals, normally with heavier mouthfeel and lower acidity. The cherries are first sorted, and then laid out on in thin layers (2-6 cm) on raised drying beds. These are almost always used for high quality naturals, as they aid airflow around the coffee as it dries, enabling more even drying. It is very important that coffees are sorted very carefully early on in the drying process, as all of the cherries quickly turn dark brown, making it impossible to separate under and overripe cherries. The cherries are turned frequently to avoid mold formation or over-fermentation, until they reach a moisture content of below 20%, and the outer cherry layer shrinks and blackens. This process takes between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on weather conditions.

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You can brew our coffees any way you want it is just a matter of the right ratios.

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