A road runs from our estate farm house to the Solkiln and Red Room drying areas lined with beautiful plants called Datura. At dusk, its giant bell flowers emit a compelling fragrance. Legend has it that the native Gnobe tribe would pick these flowers and place them under their pillows as a sleep aid. Datura was an essential ingredient of love potions and witches' brews, and has a long history of causing delirium and death. During the particle and vapor stages of evaluation in Sensory Room, we were brought back to that evening walk on the estate by honeysuckle, tangerine zest, milk chocolate, and floral fragrance. Juliette’s delicate, feminine taste
profile focused our minds on Datura flowers and on the iconic character from Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
At one-hundred and eighty-two hectares (450 acres), Ninety Plus Gesha Estates is an expansive and ecologically integrated collection of distinct micro estates driving the understanding and sustainable cultivation of the heirloom Ethiopia Gesha coffee variety. Ninety Plus Gesha Estates continually improves and reinvents systems for boutique coffee production with a strong commitment to biodiversity. Nearly one-third of the property is protected as indigenous forest filled with springs, streams, and thousands of species of plants and animals including monkeys and the occasional jaguar. Drawing from cultivation and processing experience in Ethiopia and Panama, Ninety Plus Gesha Estates is a center for processing science and education for our international network of clients.