This is a very fun coffee from an inspirational figure whose legacy in Colombian specialty coffee will live on for generations. In the cup we find intoxicating florals, ripe berries, star fruit, peach, articulated acidity, and more than enough sweetness to balance it all out.
First Roast: 09/07/2020
Santa Monica, San Agustín
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects and depulped on the day of harvest. Dry fermented for 35 hours. Dried on raised beds for 30 days.
It is a true honor to have the opportunity to work with the very first production of Gesha from the exporter, producer, and all-around legend Alejandro Renjifo of Fairfield Trading. He has been one of the most influential contributors to the development of Colombian specialty coffee, and works with some of the best and most well-known producers in Colombia. He decided to start his own farming project a few years ago atop San Agustín, in southern Huila. This is his very first harvest of exportable Gesha, and it is an extremely small lot of only 24kg (~53lb).
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.