Profile: Peach, Red Grape, Floral
Producer: Israel Degfa
Region: Guji, Oromi
The Gelana Gesha farm is situated in the Yirgacheffe region, a renowned area of Ethiopia in coffee production. Gelena Farm is owned and managed by Israel Degfa and his company, Kerchanse, who we have purchased many coffees from this year after visiting him and some of his other farms last January. Seedlings are first grown in a 1.5ha greenhouse, where every agronomic practice is computer controlled to guarantee uniform growth. These are then planted across the farm, where they are meticulously maintained. Gelena Farm has drip irrigation and sprinklers installed, and the soil pH is consistently measured, to provide the best possible conditions for the coffee trees. Once mature and producing fruit, approximately 3-4 years, the ripe cherries are harvest. Picked cherries are immediately dried on raised beds to preserve their quality. This is a special lot from Israel and his team, who have experimented with planting the Gesha variety in Ethiopian soils. This is an incredibly floral coffee, with a delicate yet complex profile. On the nose, jasmine and magnolia dominate, with ripe peach joining. In the cup, red grape and ripe peach first hit, providing a subtle acidity and juicy sweetness. As the cup cools, complex florals take over. Elderflower provides a heady, sweet note and a sticky body. The floral notes linger, jasmine and magnolia persisting long after the coffee has gone.
Images Courtesy of Kerchense.