The coffee story
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.
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 offer 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, buffalos, 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 a natural bush with watering holes to serve as corridors for migrating wildlife.
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.
October, 2020 - October, 2020
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: January, 2021
Cupped: January, 2021
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoRed currant, Citrus fruit, Stone fruit, Dark chocolate, Caramel
Grower (Pending)Berry, Juicy
AlgranoLots of stone fruit in the cup together with medium citric acidity and full body, well balanced.
Edelweiss and Finagro are based on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater, the worlds largest unbroken caldera, a UNESCO world heritage site and the haven for scores of wildlife including elephant, rhino, lions and numerous antelope. Our family have held stewardship over the beautiful farms for 3 generations. A mixture of exceptional terroir, climate and good farming practices have driven our farms to produce consistently exceptional and well recognised coffees that are sustainable in production and in our environmental and social impact. Combined with our sharing our farms with numerous elephants, buffalos and occasionally lions provides for a unique coffee experience. We provide sustainable and consistent employment for more that 500 members of the community all whilst living in harmony with the abundant wildlife found through the farms.
Relationships with Roasters in
Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, Iceland, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Taiwan
Average orders per roaster
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.
When calculating price, you can select your preferred currency: USD, CHF, EUR, or GBP.
2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:
1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.
3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.