This is an exquisite Gesha selection from Adelino Urbano. Nariño has forever been one of our favorite regions in Colombia, but continues to be extremely difficult to work in. In the cup we find a classic Gesha profile: intoxicating florals, ripe stone fruit, and a sparkling effervescence.
El Tablón de Gómez, Nariño
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects, and depulped on the day of harvest. Dry fermented for 18 hours. Dried on parabolic dryers for 10 days.
Nariño continues to be a rather mysterious coffee producing region, and remains a very difficult place to work within. Adelino is located in the community of Pompeya, deep in the region of Tablón. Pompeya is extremely difficult to get to, and it is extremely difficult for producers to get their coffee to the closest purchasing point in La Union—over four hours away by car. Although slow and difficult, we will continue to try to make headway in the region because the profiles are so unique the quality can be so high.Janet is one of an extended family of producers that we've had the pleasure of working with. They've faced a rocky road in their journey towards selling their coffee on the specialty market, as their farm is located extremely far even from the nearest town. Janet is one of the smallest producers of the group, and it is our pleasure, with the help of Monkaaba, to do our part in bringing her coffee to the international market.
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.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.