We selected this coffee from a local Peruvian competition. This coffee was easily our favorite, and is a stunning example of Gesha being grown in northern Peru. In the cup we find intoxicating florals, ripe stone fruit, and subtle tropicals.
San José de Lourdes, San Ignacio
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Depulped. Wet fermented for 30 hours. Washed. Dried on raised beds for 10 days.
We discovered this coffee from a local competition held by our exporting partners Origin Coffee Labs. Jonny is a new producer to us, and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with this coffee. Gesha is starting to make its way around Peru, but is still pretty rare to come across, and this one was truly stunning. We're hoping to take a trip to Peru next harvest to learn much more about this region and the producers working there.
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. Upon arrival it was logged as accession T2722. There remains significant confusion about Gesha because there are multiple genetically distinct plant types that have been referred to as Geisha or Gesha; many of which share similar geographic origins in Ethiopia. Recent genetic diversity analyses conducted by World Coffee Research confirm that the Panamanian Gesha descendent from T2722 is distinct and uniform. The Gesha variety is associated with extremely high cup quality when the plants are grown at high altitude and properly managed. Gesha is known for its delicate floral, jasmine, and peach-like aromas.
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.