The total farm area is 500 hectares in size, with nearly 400 hectares planted in coffee. Ahadu is an entrepreneur who was a founding member of the executive team at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, who left the ECX and decided to invest in a farm himself in order to produce entirely specialty coffee. He found the perfect spot in the famous Kaffa Zone, which is considered the absolute birthplace of Arabica coffee, and decided to start up an operation that aimed to preserve the natural beauty of the area, support the local community, and of course produce fantastic coffees.
This particular block is called Gera, and is a 12.46-hectare subplot located in the Tega farm. This block is used for evaluating and determining best practices, and for experimentations and trials. It has the coffee plants with the largest seeds, shaded by avocado. It’s a favorite area for pigs and monkeys to visit. It was planted and/or renovated in 2000, and has 75227 and 744 varieties. The type known as 75227 was discovered in Gera in 1975 when researchers were looking for naturally Coffee Berry Disease–resistant plants. Its distribution started in 1981, and it grows best between 1,500–2,000 meters. Another CBD-resistant variety, 744 was released in 1979, and has been one of the most commonly distributed cultivars since its release.
Farm: Tega and Tula Coffee Farm
Altitude: 1830 – 1890 MASL