Gesha Coffee Colombia La Maria

$25.00$150.00

We taste Lilac, Guava, Jasmine Tea and Blueberry.

A perfectly processed natural grown by an award winning couple makes for a complex cup featuring flavors like delicate teas, fragrant flowers, and tropical fruits.

*We recommend the light roast.

Natural Gesha Coffee Beans Variety.

Gesha Coffee: Your new favorite pour-over?

Fruity. Floral. Dynamic. Clean. This Colombian bean is one of the most popular coffees we’ve had in a long time. Big clear tropical fruit flavors are spread broadly across a long well-structured palate. We love waking up to the diverse floral aromas of this coffee in the V60 or bigger batches in the Chemex with family and friends. Talk about wake up and smell the roses!

Coarser grinds brought out jasmine green tea, pink peppercorn, and lilac in aroma and in the cup. Finer ground brews were full of sweeter notes like watermelon, guava, and rooibus tea. Lots of fun subtle spices and hints of herby citrus in the finish make this coffee a wild ride worth taking.

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About the Dry/Natural Processing

This micro-lot is an experimental low-oxygen natural process coffee.

  • Firstly, they wash and float the cherries at a very ripe stage to sort out any defects.
  • Secondly, they meticulously transfer the whole cherries into a steel tank for several hours.
  • Thirdly, they dry the cherries in raised and covered beds in the sun for a month.

About the Farmers

 

Agronomist Orlando Ospina specializes in non-traditional types of coffee processing. He works diligently with his partner Emilcen Sanchez towards family farm ownership. Since 2016 Lohas Beans has leased a farm to them and in 2019 assisted them in acquiring a home nearby. Certainly, Rigby Roastery owners Brigette and Naiman can relate to their dream.

Orlando and Emilcen exercise great fervor, warmth and zeal in their pursuit to produce the best Gesha coffee in Columbia. In 2017, they were participants in the Cup of Excellence. On their first year of production, in a highly competitive country like Colombia they achieved second place!

They export 98% of their production and only sell 2% domestically under the Café Lohas brand. It’s in high demand! Many top baristas select Orlando and Emilcen’s crops to compete in coffee championships around the world. We’re elated to share this special coffee with you. It is a propitious example of everything they have accomplished.

They face a difficult path to success with confidence and in great shape to continue to improve and strengthen their already exemplary Gesha coffee beans year after year. The proof is in the cup.

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About the Terroir

La Mesa means “the table” in Spanish. It is located on a 2.5² mile plateau over the Eastern Cordillera, the widest of the 3 branches of the Colombian Andes mountain range. A dense fog is a common occurrence here as warm air rises from the Magdalena Valley. This fog collides with cooler air from the capitol city of Bagota. This micro-climate cloud forest is an average 75F year round.

Two volcanoes, the Nevada del Tolima and Ruiz, can be seen in the distance on a clear day. All of these things create the perfect place to grow Gesha coffee, a sensitive plant that doesn’t fruit as much as most coffee plants do.

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Geisha Coffee or Gesha Coffee?

This coffee is a hybrid varietal of the Arabica plant family. It originated in the Gori Gesha forest of Ethiopia in 1931. British colonials reference a “Geisha Mountain” in 1936 when cataloguing the region and the homonymic misnomer stuck. However, this is a misspelling and the coffee has no connection to Japan.

The Kafa language of this region in Ethiopia being an oral language is most likely at the root of this romanization. That is to say, westerners probably used a spelling they already knew, “Geisha”, when it was first written down. In conclusion, we refer to all coffees of this varietal under the name Gesha.

It was 2004 when the coffee variety from the Peterson family farm, Hacienda La Esmeralda, astonished the specialty coffee scene on the Best of Panama auction stage. The flavor profile ended up tricking some judges into thinking Ethiopian coffees had made it onto the cupping table somehow. The varietal continues to break records at auction garnering up to four figure prices for a single pound!

Above all, it is as interesting as it is delicious. Finalists at global coffee contests have frequently featured it for good reason. Its exceptional florality and overall complexity make it a hearty competitor.

For more awesome Colombian coffee check out the Colombia Huila Lactic Washed Pink Bourbon.

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Natural Gesha Coffee Beans Variety.