The coffee story

Heritage and innovation unite on the Edelweiss and Gaia Farm coee estates with decades of family farming, invention and originality. We create bold, smooth, aromatic flavours while experimenting with new, complex original blends that break the traditional coffee mould and challenge our customers’ tastebuds.

At the core of Edelweiss and Gaia Farm operations is a deep love of the land, an affinity with the local communities and a special appreciation for our daily African wildlife residents. We recognise the importance of preserving and carefully managing the abundant biodiversity of this wild, spectacular landscape to ensure that our farms operate for generations to come, in peaceful coexistence with nature.

Our history
Edelweiss and Gaia Farm are a family business. Coffee is our life and defines who we are. Most of our farming families have been with us for generations. Our employees are the lifeblood of the farms and we ensure that they and their families are appreciated, rewarded and assisted. We take the utmost care to produce the best coffees and ensure that our clients receive their coffee in the best possible condition. Our “hands-on approach” allows us to control every process and provide full traceability of all coffees, from daily picking and pulping to fermenting, drying and delivery. We are uniquely set up as a fully vertically integrated operation benefiting from our own dry mill. We can offer tailor-made exports serving the specialty market and each individual buyer’s needs. We also roast our products to offer our unique beans for local consumption.

Our coffee story spans over 90 years in the remote farming community of Oldeani on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater, a UNESCO world heritage site. Our farms also coexist with the Serengeti ecosystem which makes part of the native foraging land of our neighbours the Hadze, the last hunter-gather tribe who communicate with a unique click language. Our two estates, Gaia Farm and
Edelweiss Oldeani, stretch across 500 ha and produce almost 400 tonnes per annum. We grow several varietals... Bourbon (N39), Kent, SL28, K7, KP423, Batian, Gesha, Pacamara and Ruiru 11. Our coffees
are fully traceable and we can oer micro-lots from specific microclimates and even specific varietal lots.

Growing coffee in harmony with nature
We grow shade coffee, mulch with our own grass and leaf cover and carefully manage our soils and water. The Ngorongoro forest is comprised entirely of indigenous trees and bush and is home to elephants, bualos, lions and numerous smaller antelopes. One third of our farm is reserved as wildlife corridors and natural bush with watering holes. We have reserved one third of our farm as natural bush with watering holes to serve as corridors for migrating wildlife. 

Comments on the 2020 harvest:
This year’s harvest has been particularly slow. There was a lot of rain over the growing season. It rained nonstop from October last year to June this year. Without sunlight we got little flowerings. We have been harvesting since the beginning of June but there was still a lot of green coffee in December. 

The downside is that we expect to have a lit bit less volume this season because there were some heavily harvested blocks last year and they now need to recover. The flowerings had a big impact here because they weren't set initially. The upside is that the picking spread for many months, so coffees shipped later will still be fresh.

The process

The freshly picked cherries are brought directly to the pulping and washing station where they are immediately pulped and fermented for up to 36 hours. After fermentation, the coffees are washed and dried on African raised beds. We initially dry our coffee under shade so as not to shock the bean during drying. The coffee remains on the raised beds for a further 8 to 10 days until it is dry enough to be sent to the conditioning bins. Once the coffee beans have attained a well-conditioned state and have a moisture content below 12%, they are bagged and delivered to the dry mill in Arusha for further processing.
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Lot 1257: Fully washed GAIA Farm

$14.52 USD / kg FCA in B. Vollers - Bury St. Edmunds (UK) (Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom)
Origin
Tanzania
Variety
SL28, Bourbon
Process type
Fully washed
Altitude range
20m - 2500m
Harvest period
August, 2020 - November, 2020
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
79.0 points
Updated June, 2022
Warehouse
B. Vollers - Bury St. Edmunds (UK)
Since August, 2021
Available quantity
1 X 60 kg bags
  • Only available to roasters in: United Kingdom
  • Green or roasted samples are available
  • Doorstep delivery available
    We can arrange delivery to your roastery
Produced & offered by Edelweiss Oldeani Estate & Finagro Plantations Ltd
  • Tanzania
  • Group of farms
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • 44 sales on Algrano
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
  • 30 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in
Trusted by
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Specialty coffees coexisting with african wildlife

Two farms on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. (Two wildly different flavours of coffee.) One ethos of sustainability and stewardship. Heritage and innovation combine on the Edelweiss and Finagro coffee farms, bringing decades of family farming experience to bear through invention and originality. We are creating bold, smooth, aromatic flavours and experimenting with new, complex original blends which break the traditional coffee mold and give our customers a taste of the new normal. A deep love of the land, an affinity with the local communities and a special appreciation for the African wildlife who visit the farms daily is at the core of our operations. We recognise the importance of preserving and carefully managing this wild, spectacular landscape to ensure the farms will operate for generations to come, and we continue to coexist with the elephants and buffalo into the future. We want our customers to know that sustainability, quality, ingenuity and reliability are much more than words; they embody our personality and existence, making every aspect of Edelweiss and Finagro, a true coffee safari. We are a family business. Our business only thrives because of the hard work of our employees and the loyalty of our customers. Honesty, integrity, reliability and humility are the foundation of all our relationships and a direct representation of who we are. We work to build trust and confidence and are proud that over many years relationships have become friendships, with a feeling of working towards a sustainable future together. At Edelweiss and Finagro Estates we aspire to be a major global coffee supplier, harnessing the power of experience, pedigree and passion with invention and originality to produce unique, bold coffees. We are stewards of our land, local communities and African wildlife and farm in harmony with nature to ensure a truly sustainable, new future for Tanzanian coffee. We strive to protect the land, farm in harmony with the African wildlife and provide for the local communities into the future while producing exceptional coffee. Through harnessing our heritage and generations of experience and embracing innovation and experimentation, our mission is to embody sustainability in all we do.

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The coffee story

Heritage and innovation unite on the Edelweiss and Gaia Farm coee estates with decades of family farming, invention and originality. We create bold, smooth, aromatic flavours while experimenting with new, complex original blends that break the traditional coffee mould and challenge our customers’ tastebuds.

At the core of Edelweiss and Gaia Farm operations is a deep love of the land, an affinity with the local communities and a special appreciation for our daily African wildlife residents. We recognise the importance of preserving and carefully managing the abundant biodiversity of this wild, spectacular landscape to ensure that our farms operate for generations to come, in peaceful coexistence with nature.

Our history
Edelweiss and Gaia Farm are a family business. Coffee is our life and defines who we are. Most of our farming families have been with us for generations. Our employees are the lifeblood of the farms and we ensure that they and their families are appreciated, rewarded and assisted. We take the utmost care to produce the best coffees and ensure that our clients receive their coffee in the best possible condition. Our “hands-on approach” allows us to control every process and provide full traceability of all coffees, from daily picking and pulping to fermenting, drying and delivery. We are uniquely set up as a fully vertically integrated operation benefiting from our own dry mill. We can offer tailor-made exports serving the specialty market and each individual buyer’s needs. We also roast our products to offer our unique beans for local consumption.

Our coffee story spans over 90 years in the remote farming community of Oldeani on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater, a UNESCO world heritage site. Our farms also coexist with the Serengeti ecosystem which makes part of the native foraging land of our neighbours the Hadze, the last hunter-gather tribe who communicate with a unique click language. Our two estates, Gaia Farm and
Edelweiss Oldeani, stretch across 500 ha and produce almost 400 tonnes per annum. We grow several varietals... Bourbon (N39), Kent, SL28, K7, KP423, Batian, Gesha, Pacamara and Ruiru 11. Our coffees
are fully traceable and we can oer micro-lots from specific microclimates and even specific varietal lots.

Growing coffee in harmony with nature
We grow shade coffee, mulch with our own grass and leaf cover and carefully manage our soils and water. The Ngorongoro forest is comprised entirely of indigenous trees and bush and is home to elephants, bualos, lions and numerous smaller antelopes. One third of our farm is reserved as wildlife corridors and natural bush with watering holes. We have reserved one third of our farm as natural bush with watering holes to serve as corridors for migrating wildlife. 

Comments on the 2020 harvest:
This year’s harvest has been particularly slow. There was a lot of rain over the growing season. It rained nonstop from October last year to June this year. Without sunlight we got little flowerings. We have been harvesting since the beginning of June but there was still a lot of green coffee in December. 

The downside is that we expect to have a lit bit less volume this season because there were some heavily harvested blocks last year and they now need to recover. The flowerings had a big impact here because they weren't set initially. The upside is that the picking spread for many months, so coffees shipped later will still be fresh.

The process

The freshly picked cherries are brought directly to the pulping and washing station where they are immediately pulped and fermented for up to 36 hours. After fermentation, the coffees are washed and dried on African raised beds. We initially dry our coffee under shade so as not to shock the bean during drying. The coffee remains on the raised beds for a further 8 to 10 days until it is dry enough to be sent to the conditioning bins. Once the coffee beans have attained a well-conditioned state and have a moisture content below 12%, they are bagged and delivered to the dry mill in Arusha for further processing.
Coffee Quality Evaluation
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Cupped: June, 2022
Edelweiss Oldeani Estate & Finagro Plantations Ltd
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SCA Score
Algrano
79.0
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Key flavor notes
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Shipping
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.

Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
  • EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.

Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.

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