Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Producer: Arturo Aguirre
Farm: El Injerto
Altitude: 5,300-6,030 feet
Complex range of flavors including bergamot, guava, lavender, plum and peach.
This year we are offering several coffees from the celebrated farm, El Injerto. In addition to this special Gesha variety lot, we also have wet- and natural-processed Red Catuai variety lots, and a Maragogype variety coffee. Based on El Injerto’s success and demand for its coffees, the farm holds an annual auction, offering a selection of micro-lots that comprise the best of what it produces. We are happy to have captured the highest bid for this Gesha lot.
The Gesha seeds were secured by the owner of El Injerto, Arturo Aguirre while visiting the world renowned Gesha coffee farm, Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama. The Aguirre family considered it a great honor to receive Gesha seeds from the farm that made the variety famous. The seeds have been treated like royalty ever since, and even bestowed the name Legendary Gesha.
The plot where the Legendary Gesha trees are planted is relatively young and, had just undergone a significant pruning cycle the year before. Although yields were small this season, the cup quality was excellent, despite the young age of the trees. Among other accolades, this lot won 2nd place in the 2017 Guatemala Cup of Excellence competition.
The coffee was wet-processed at El Injerto, using a method they call "Peak Performance Process” or P3 for short. The process includes stages of hand sorting, separation and selection of the coffee beans throughout wet and dry milling. After the fermentation stage, the coffee was washed and then soaked for 24hrs before slow drying on shaded raised beds, all of which enhances the coffee’s flavor.
El Injerto is one of the most well-known coffee farms in Guatemala. It continues to be a leader in national tasting competitions, such as Guatemala’s Cup of Excellence competition. El Injerto has placed in the finals of Cup of Excellence thirteen times, amassing seven first place awards!
The farm was founded by Jesús Aguirre Panamá in 1874, with the first coffee planted around 1900. Today El Injerto is managed by the third and fourth generations of the Aguirre family. The property is planted with about 620 acres of coffee, with another 1,160 acres of rain forest preserve adjoining the farm.