This is our second year working with this very special coffee from an amazing coffee-producing family. Miramar is an extraordinarily beautiful farm at some of the highest elevations in Tarrazú. This is an exceptionally small lot of meticulously washed Gesha. In the cup we find the classic Gesha flavors of nectarine and jasmine combined with an elegant red tea sweetness.
El Llano de La Piedra, San Marcos
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Rested in cherry for 12 hours. Depulped. Washed multiple times to remove 100% of the mucilage. Dried on beds in the sun for 5 days, and in the shade for an additional 15 days—until moisture reaches 10.5%.
We met the Montero family on our visit to Costa Rica two years ago, and were immediately impressed by their kindness, hospitality, innovation, and dedication to quality coffee production. The Montero farm of La Pastora is easily one of the most beautiful coffee farms we've ever seen, and rests at the staggering hight of 2,000 masl. The microclimate is ideal: plenty of sun accompanied by cool and crisp temperature changes which allows for slow cherry maturation. This produces some of the best coffees Costa Rica has to offer.
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.