Ethiopia: Gera - Limu - Washed Heirloom
In the cup: A juicy and sweet coffee with a lot of 'red' flavour notes - cherry, pomegranate and raspberry. A well balanced cup that combines sweetness and sparkling acidity. Incredibly vibrant as the coffee cools.
Cupping Score: 88
Mouthfeel: Structured, elegant.
Process: Fully Washed
Producer: Gera Farm
Altitude: 1900 - 2100 meters above sea level
Region: Jimma / Limu
Present-day Gera is a district in western Ethiopia whose borders roughly match those of an old kingdom of the same name that existed here almost 200 years ago. One of the five ancient Oromo kingdoms of the Gibe area, Gera was renowned for its exquisite honey. The golden liquid is still an important product of the area, but today, so is coffee.
Gera district is a high-altitude location, with some spots well over 2000 meters above sea level. In addition, over half the land is old, untouched forest. The combination makes for a location that is well suited for coffee trees, and in fact, there are many that grow naturally here. The Gera coffee farm sits on 1000 hectares of this beautiful area with most of the land between 1780 to 2100 meters above sea level.
Gera’s forests are protected, and the farm works hard on maintaining the natural forest that is within its borders. While modern coffee farming does affect the area in a way, Tracon’s goal is to minimize these effects and work in harmony with the existing wildlife in the area by leaving deep forest habitats untouched. After all, the forests are an important factor in giving much of Ethiopia’s coffee its unique flavors