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Gesha Village – Sustainable Future Contributions

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Gesha Village aims to be Ethiopia’s best, most environmentally conscious coffee farm. With an uncompromising commitment to quality in every step of cultivation and processing, Gesha Village has the ultimate dedication to internal staff and customers. They seek to connect the world with Ethiopia and describe all the beauty of that beautiful country with perfect cups of coffee.

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Gesha Village has created tangible values, built communities and contributed to a sustainable future such as: supporting the education and training system, maintaining a diverse ecosystem, protecting water resources and limiting environmental pollution and negative impacts on the environment by using safe materials with nature; developing sustainable agriculture based on science and technology.

 

Education and Training Support 

 

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Through the Gesha Village Foundation, since 2013, they have continued to support the two adjacent Gesha Village schools with school supplies, sports equipment, tables and benches, new bathroom building materials, and room supplies. The exam includes solar lights, fertility devices, coats, and other essentials.

In 2021, Gesha Village High School was inaugurated. It was the first high school in the area and a hugely important investment in the local community. The first phase has been completed and includes administrative buildings as well as classrooms for students in grades 9-11. The upcoming phase 2 consists of constructing the library and science rooms.

 

Environmental responsibility – Agroforestry and reforestation

 

Specialty Coffee in VietnamAt Gesha Village, the staff always feel a firm responsibility to protect the environment. They strive to minimize their impact on the surrounding environment as much as possible. Using agroforestry, they seek to strike a balance between the operation and commercial management of the farm and the ecosystem. They are trying to maintain soil and natural conditions in their original state while producing high-quality coffee.

When Gesha Village started, about 25% of the land was destroyed by deforestation. They pay particular attention to terroir revival with native plants. At the same time, the Gesha Village team also conducted an environmental study from an agroforestry perspective to understand the field and develop an appropriate approach. Accordingly, they planted coffee trees at a moderate density – about 2,000 trees per hectare, combined with more than 30,000 native shade trees to provide the right balance of biodiversity and create a sustainable ecosystem for coffee trees.

 

A Careful Approach to Water Usage

 

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Gesha Village considers water a precious resource, and its treatment methods are geared towards responsible water use. Preliminary processing methods are considered to select and align the appropriate amount of water, aiming for high efficiency for the entire treatment process. In the wet prep process, Gesha Village uses state-of-the-art eco-mills and demulsifiers to use as little water from the river as possible. They also use a recirculation system to further aid conservation and a comprehensive natural treatment solution for wastewater filtration.

By understanding and applying for scientific and technical advances, Gesha Village is always cautious with the local water source.

 

Repurposing Material

 

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Gesha Village prioritizes the reuse and recycling of materials. They brew all the leftover coffee grounds from processed coffee. In 2018, Gesha Village installed a new peeler for naturally processed coffee, allowing them to reuse dried coffee husks for coating and sustainable fuel use.

In addition, they implement a large-scale composting program that processes 300 tons of compost per year, turning coffee waste and other organic materials into nutrient-rich additives that can help the coffee plant grow. In 2022, Gesha Village also started to explore underutilized sustainable building materials and is currently in the prototype stage of building an all-bamboo farmhouse. They hired a team of experts from Bali to design and build this structure in addition to facilitating skill-sharing workshops with affiliated workers.

 

Workshop from farmer to farmer

 

Gubalangi means “let’s relax and chat” in the Meanit language. In 2017, Gesha Village started holding an annual farmer-to-farmer mentoring workshop named Gubalangi, which provides education and information exchange opportunities for farmers. These workshops, held on the farm, are given by Gesha Village’s management team and visiting local and international specialty-coffee specialists. The goal is to provide Ethiopian coffee farmers with information on best farming practices, challenges and solutions, helping them work and grow together for the growth of the Ethiopian coffee industry.

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Honey production

 

In 2021, Gesha Village began an on-farm beekeeping program using 150 state-of-the-art beehives built in Kenya. They have now started producing high-quality honey on the farm, with the potential to ramp up the beekeeping program in the near future. Beekeeping also benefits the land and the environment, including pollinating crops and conserving bee populations.

 

Gesha Village, with a sustainable development orientation, has clear goals to create value and maintain quality for the next superior generation. With current successes, Gesha Village is still striving to achieve brand expectations.

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