Ninety Plus Kambera
The Ninety Plus Gesha Estates were designed with inspiration drawn from coffee growing wild in its natural habitat in Ethiopia. The Gesha variety, along with all heirloom coffee varieties, comes from the understory of wild forests in Ethiopia. These heirloom varieties of coffee live very long lives – up to 100 years or more – and produce relatively small amounts of intensely aromatic coffee. Founder Joseph Brodsky had an opportunity in 2009 to acquire this large property (~200 hectares) and had a vision of reforesting its historic cattle farming lands with native tree species while planting the shade-loving Ethiopian Gesha coffee beneath the canopy.
In 2005, Ninety Plus Founder, Joseph Brodsky, traveled to Ethiopia for the first time and decided to make it home for the coming years, having fallen in love with the people, the food, the language, the culture, and the semi-forested coffee lands in Ethiopia’s southwest.
Kambera derives its name from “Kampi” (site of Kampi Cooperative, a visit to which inspired – along with a hike to Ethiopia’s wildest coffee forests on the same trip – the coffee reforestation model currently employed at Ninety Plus) and “berry”. Kambera is now cultivated at Ninety Plus Gesha Estates in Panama, a proof of concept of the model inspired by Joseph’s very first visits to Ethiopian coffee communities and coffee wilderness.
Farm: Ninety Plus Gesha Estates
Farmer: Joseph Brodsky
Growing altitude (MASL): 1.500 masl