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 it's balance of juicy and sweet while still delivering those classic cup characteristics 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 to be processed. 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. Every year they have planted more trees, and now have 500 hectares planted to strong young coffee plants, with currently the 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. Another important aspect is the well-being and productivity of the farm’s many employees, and the farm is making it a point to create good working and living conditions for them. To that end, all of its seasonal workers are provided with housing that includes water and electricity, access
to education and 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. They are known for their disease resistance and consistency in flavor and are considered 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.