Region: Trujillo, Valle del Cauca
Producer: Granja La Esperanza
Farm: Cerro Azul
Altitude: 5,200 – 6,550 feet
A complex range of flavors including grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, and sweet-scented rosewood.
We are excited to reintroduce a special Gesha variety coffee from Cerro Azul. One of a handful of farms owned and operated by Granja La Esperanza, Cerro Azul is planted almost exclusively to the rare and celebrated botanical variety known as Gesha. The AAA designation is used by Granja La Esperanza to denote the most pronounced intensity of flavor. This lot exhibits a great deal of depth and fruity complexity and less of the classic tea-like and floral character we often find in Gesha variety lots from Panama.
Gesha (also known as Geisha) is an heirloom variety of Arabica species coffee that was planted by Granja La Esperanza as part of a multi-year project focused on producing outstanding coffee. The project started with study and operation of a farm in Boquete, Panama, the growing region best known for the Gesha variety. Data for every imaginable detail is logged to find correlations between different variables and positive results. For coffee to be called Cerro Azul Gesha it must fall into either double or triple A grade classifications based on cup quality. If the coffee does not match the flavor expectations for the Cerro Azul terroir, then it is not sold with the farm designation.
Many of you may be familiar with the name Cerro Azul and the cultivar nicknamed Enano (meaning Dwarf in Spanish) which Equator offers regularly. The Enano trees are smaller than the regular Gesha trees and yield a different cup profile; these trees make up about 3% of the coffee plants on the farm.