It's our favorite time of year again! Fresh crop Ethiopia is here and is definitely worth the wait. When we first cupped the Genji Chella Gera we were enamored by its balance of juicy and sweet tones, while still delivering some classic characteristics Ethiopian beans are often known for, like papaya and jasmine.
About Gera State Farm
Most coffee in Ethiopia is produced by smallholder farmers who bring the yield of their garden variety coffee trees to their local washing station for processing. Larger farms like this family owned and operated Gera Farm are not the norm, but they are certainly an example of a larger farm done right. In 2008, the family planted 100 hectares of land in coffee, and continued to plant more and more in the subsequent years. Today the farm has a total of 500 hectares sporting strong, young coffee plants, and a remaining 500 hectares allotted for natural forest.
Agronomists at Gera Farm work with the JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Center) to choose varieties most suited for the area. In 2011, the family built a washing station at the farm site to process their own coffee and those of surrounding smallholder producers. The well-being and fair productivity expectations of the farm’s many employees is a point of great passion to them, and the farm is making a point to create good working and living conditions for all hands on deck, regardless of where in the process. To that end, all of the farm's seasonal workers are provided with proper housing, which includes access to water, electricity, education opportunities, health care, and recreational facilities.
About the Variety
7410 and 7412 are coffee berry disease resistant varieties selected by the JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Center) in 1974 and 1975. Due to their consistency in flavor and (as their name suggests) disease resistance, this bean is one of the most propagated varieties in all of Ethiopia. For learning more about Ethiopian varieties and how they came to be, we recommend checking out A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties.