Those who had been chasing Ethiopian coffees must have heard of the name Geisha or Gesha village at some point of their coffee journey. It is our pleasure to introduce this natural processed coffee from Gesha Village’s Dimma Block with aromas of blueberry and nectarine, and tasting notes of peach, honey yuzu tea and lime fruits.
Geisha or Gesha?
There’s often a confusion between the name Geisha and Gesha coffee, and the story goes back to 1930 when British colonialism expedition discovered leaf-rust resistant coffee species from south Ethiopia (click here to read the full story).
TLDR? There should’ve been only one name – Gesha, since the coffee was originally a local cultivar found in the Gesha region of Ethiopia. It was wrongly (conveniently) named as Geisha for some weird reasons, and was then popularized in Panama after "Geisha" stood out in a competition.
So, Gesha = Geisha?
Yes and no. The misnomer continued until today, with a general consensus that Geisha (the wrongly named one) means Panamanian Geisha and Gesha is the one from Ethiopia according to the region’s name. They are of similar varietal, but are grown under different climate and on different soils.
Meanwhile, Gesha Village is a brand - it is a producer which cultivates locally found coffees in Gesha region.
What is Gori Gesha Varietal?
There are three official varietals produced by the produce Gesha Village – Gesha 1931, Gori Gesha and Illubabor forest (taken from Gesha Village’s official website):
This is a selection made from the diverse forest population that closely resembles the Panamanian Geisha. This selection was made by looking at the plant morphology, bean shape and size, as well as its cup profile.
This original heirloom variety replicates the genetic diversity within the Gori Gesha forest. These seeds were harvested in 2011 through the producer’s own expedition.
The selection for this disease-resistant variety was made from an expedition to the Illubabor coffee forest in 1974.