Colombia Geisha Coffee Monteblanco
$30.00 – $179.00
We taste Peaches, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, and Caramel.
This coffee is complex, versatile, and easy to brew. This rare varietal is our favorite this season for a sparkling up-dosed espresso.
Colombia geisha coffee beans for sale. gesha coffee bean. Unlike hayman coffee, this is fresh roasted.
Juicy and Delicious
Harmonious, chuggable, mouthwatering. This Colombia Geisha coffee is refreshing and approachable. Classic while simultaneously fresh. If a broad spectrum of rich flavors is what you’re looking for, this bean has it! Firstly, it has a rainbow of complex citrusy qualities. Both the acidity and the sweetness.
It reminds us of blood orange, Meyer lemons, and key lime pie. Furthermore, this is elevated by punchy hints of peach and apricot. It’s all noticeably present but intertwined. Coarse ground light roasts brewed at high temperatures with moderate agitation and high volume blooms in the V60 were dominated by potent fruity sweetness.
Our best brew tasted strongly of peach cobbler and fresh squeezed orange juice.
At the same time, there is plenty of spicy floral compliments such as nasturtium and marigold to balance out that sweetness. Chamomile makes an appearance. We’re pleasantly reminded of sun tea, Riesling, and sweet tobacco. A fantastic resolution to the cup. As the grind gets finer it gets a lot bolder and the savory notes become more concentrated.
A shortbread cookie and pie crust base makes for a smooth cup full of nuance. A hint of sweet cedar in the cup is a rare treat.
We especially enjoyed it in a flat bottom pour over. Bust out the Kalita Wave. The medium roast sparkles as an up-dosed espresso. This coffee is elegant, full of surprises, and fun to brew.
About Geisha Coffee
Exploding in popularity in the first decade of the millennium, Colombia is considered one of the best terroirs for Geishas. Quality graders, exporters, and specialty customers searching for the finest coffee in the world agree.
Perhaps you first heard about it at a coffee shop or expo. Maybe someone brought up Panama. The Peterson family’s Hacienda La Esmeralda maybe. Inevitably whether these expensive specialty coffees did or did not live up to the high prices will come up. Coffee aficionados everywhere have plenty to say about it.
Any experienced coffee drinker or coffee lover will tell you that there is truth to the hype. They will also tell you that only well harvested, well roasted, and well brewed cups of coffee made with Geisha will be worth your time and money.
This arabica coffee varietal originated in Ethiopia’s Gori Gesha forest. The Geisha coffee bean is like no other. Expect flavors and aromas similar to the high end coffees of Ethiopia but also palates unique to the terroirs outside of Ethiopia where it is now commonly grown like Panama and Colombia.
One reason it is like no other is that for most of coffee’s history is was illegal to take native varietals out of Ethiopia. It has only happened very rarely up until the last century. However, after one of these rare happenings, Geisha arrived at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica in the 1950s. Thereafter, it spread to other Central and South American countries.
About the Coffee Farmers
Finca Monteblanco is a family run farm with a long history of discovery and innovation. It lies on 35 acres near Cueva de los Guacharos, a protected park, and the Suaza river. Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia has fond memories of playing amongst the coffee trees at Monteblanco as a child when his grandfather tended the land.
In the 80’s his family brought seedlings from San Adolfo to the farm. These unique trees eventually became known as the notorious Pink Bourbon varietal. Some of these plants and their descendants are still there today.
Rodrigo and his wife, Claudia Samboni, and now their daughter, Natlia, manage the farm. They take care to cup and consolidate plants that produce the most prolific profiles. They discover and cultivate new mutations such as the popular Purple Caturra. They also plant rare varietals. Geisha arrived on the farm in 2013. Today they are a notorious team in Huila and well known for their experimental farming and processing techniques.
As a third generation coffee farmer, Rodrigo wields a wealth of knowledge and information when exacting his craft. The terroir consists of nitrogen-rich volcanic soil atop a mountain. The farm is often surrounded by white clouds. Thus the name.
The rains are not defined by season and the flowering is sporadic. For this reason, they have ten months of harvest. Cultivating rare lots year round requires great attention to detail. The coffee ripens cherry by cherry instead of in a single spurt. However, this provides more opportunities to perfect their processing methods in the gaps between harvests and rains.
Agricultural endeavors are always an exercise in variability and the randomness of nature. It’s a delight to see the hard work and adaptability of a seasoned agronomist coming to life in a harvest like this one.
About the Process
- Firstly, they pick the cherries at 24-27 degrees brix. They sort and float them to remove any defective cherries.
- Secondly, they depulp them and prepare them for washing the same day as the harvest.
- Thirdly, they lightly ferment them for up to 32 hours before a full washing with fresh water from the Suaza river below the farm.
- Finally, they move them to solar dryers for several days before they transfer them to shaded raised beds to complete the drying process.
About the Region
Huila, Columbia produces 200,000,000 kilos of beans annually. It is the top coffee producing department in Colombia with nearly 100,000 family farms covering over 350,000 acres of farmland. Since 2008, Huila has produced more coffee than traditional coffee growing regions Antioquia and the Central Valley. It is also one of the first regions to embrace the specialty market. Certainly, this Geisha is a testament to that history.
Pitalito in the south of Huila is the largest producer of coffee in Colombia. Accordingly, it is home to many Cup of Excellence winning farms. These farms are in a country that is the third largest producer of coffee in the world. It is the largest producer of washed and Arabica coffees. Comparatively, you won’t find any robusta in Colombia.
This region is known for growing beans that are rich in acidity. Certainly, cups of supremo are known for their hearty body and feel. Stone fruit and caramel are common parts of the cup profile. These Geisha coffee beans are all of those things, but with the added bonus of rare genetic cup qualities.
Colombia geisha coffee beans for sale. gesha coffee bean.
For more delicious Colombian beans check out our Colombia Huila Lactic Washed Pink Bourbon.