Rolando Saldivar Moroccolla GESHA - WASHED Peru
Rolando Saldivar Moroccolla GESHA - WASHED Peru

This is our second Gesha lot from Peru this season. While having a different profile, it is equally impressive and really shows this region's diversity. In the cup we find a very floral Gesha profile of jasmine and honeysuckle, sparking clean acidities, and excellent structure.




Amaybamba, Cusco


2,100 masl


November, 2023


Hand-picked at peak ripeness. Floated. Depulped. Dry-fermented for 48 hours. Washed. Dried on raised beds until moisture content reaches 10.5%


We have been extensively exploring Peru for over three years now, and it has been an exceptionally challenging place to work. This year, we were introduced to a new farming cooperative near Cusco, in southern Peru. Given our history of working with Peruvian coffees, we were highly skeptical; however, once we received the first round of samples, we knew we had found something special. The seed density was extremely high, and the cup profiles were explosive. We look forward to visiting this cooperative when we return to Peru next season.


Gesha was originally collected from coffee forests of Ethiopia in the 1930's. From there, it was sent to the Lyamungo Research Station in Tanzania, and then brought to Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Central America in the 1953, where it was logged as accession T2722. It was distributed throughout Panama via CATIE in the 1960’s after its tolerance to coffee leaf rust was recognized. However, it was not widely planted because the plant's branches were brittle and not favored by farmers. Gesha came to prominence in 2005, when the Peterson family of Boquete, Panama, entered it into the Best of Panama competition and auction. It received exceptionally high marks and broke the then-record for green coffee auction prices, selling for over $20 per pound. Since then, the variety has become a resounding favorite of brewing and roasting competition winners and coffee enthusiasts alike.

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