This is our first year sourcing coffee from Africa, and we’ve just been blown away by the quality and attention to detail at every step in the process. Sample quality is sterling, radiant with citric acids and tropical fruit, and defined by cleanliness, each coffee in full possession of unique, transportive qualities.
Today, Gasharu Coffee operates three washing stations, is composed of 386 producer-members, structured by twelve main villages, employs six full time and 120-150 part-time workers during the peak of the crop, 70% of employees are women. Gasharu Coffee is fully committed to producing high-quality coffee using environmentally and culturally sustainable practices, providing good living standards to the members of its community, always working towards improvement of its coffee and the conditions of those who grow it.
Meet Gaseke Village
Situated among a beautifully dramatic landscape Gaseke village faces the Congo Nile Crest on one side and Lake Kivu on the other. Gaseke coffee farms reside at a high altitude between 1800 – 2100 MASL. In this temperate tropical highland climate, with temperatures ranging between 12 °C (54 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), the farms are exposed to the optimal coffee favorable temperatures that are typical for equatorial countries.
The biodiversity within the rich volcanic soil keeps coffee plants healthy and biologically sustainable. This in conjunction with the hard work of Gaseke coffee farmers and favorable elevation, soil, temperatures and rainfalls, results in a beautiful crop that grows slowly and matures to the highest density. Gaseke farms are mainly family-owned ranging between 200 coffee small farms to more than 3000-trees larger coffee farms.
Domithile’s family has established a coffee tradition over the last few decades and coffee has become the main source of family income. Her family coffee farm was established in 1976 and all seven children from this family have moved on establishing their own coffee plantations. Asked on why they chose to focus on coffee farming, one of them responded that “coffee provides a stable income through its high production and we want to continue the coffee farming legacy of our parents.” Family members share their pride in having been able to keep their land productive even when the coffee prices were not good, or the harvest was not as much as expected. According to Domithile, coffee is an opportunity for her to make money before, during and after the harvest season. She stated: “When the prices are good coffee contribute much to my family’s development by providing a considerable income and also enables the saving for the future.” However, the biggest challenges she faces in relation to coffee production are the price of coffee cherries that are still low and very fluctuating, and lack of learning opportunities to produce the highest quality coffee.
Size: 25 Manzanas
Varietals: French Mission Bourbon
Altitude: 1450 MASL
Location: Tutule, La Paz, Honduras
Cupping Notes: Clementine, white peach, caramel