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Caballero Geisha 325,-

Tim's Notes

Last years Geisha lot from Marysabel and Moises was not as intense in flavour as it has shown in the past years. That is why this year Moises decided to keep every daily picking separate so that I could taste through all the lots and pick the best ones. Since the lots are still quite small due to the low amount of plants Moises and Marysabel have of the Geisha cultivar, the daily pickings could be anything from 50kg to a couple of hundred kilos. What was interesting when I tasted the different lots was that we found that one picking from one particular part of the farms could taste very different and with lower intensity compared to a later picking from the same trees. The difference was astonishing and explains maybe why the Geisha we bought last year was less intense as it was a blend of all the pickings throughout the harvest. What this means is that the 2018 lot of Geisha that we have bought is tasting a lot more intense and sweet and is showcasing why in my opinion this is a truly unique Geisha coffee and among the best Geisha coffees available in the world today.

Weight

250g

Flavour notes

Tangerine, honey and papaya

Producer

Marysabel Caballero & Moises Herrera

Harvest

January - March 2018

Farm name

El Puente

Origin

Chinacla, La Paz, Honduras

Roast profile

Light roast

Growing conditions

Around 1500 masl under shade trees.

Cultivar

Geisha

Process

Ripe cherries are hand picked by local pickers. The pickers are paid extra to sort ripe cherries from the unripe while they are picking. Sorting is done by simply putting the cherries in separate bags. After de-pulping the mucilage is removed with the use of a penagos aqua pulper. Then the parchment is fermented for 12 hours before it is washed using african washing techniques which helps sorting floaters and undeveloped beans from the denser and more developed coffee. After washing, the beans are soaked for about 12 hours in running clean water. Then the coffee gets dried slowly on raised beds covered with shade nets.

Origin

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Marysabel Caballero and her husband Moises Herrera are working with over 200 hectares of land, planted with coffee, together with Marysabel’s father Fabio Caballero. They are 2nd and 3rd generation coffee farmers and Fabio has been rewarded many times for his commitment to developing coffee quality in Honduras. We have known the family since 2004, and started buying coffee from them in 2009. The Caballeros are extremely committed to their coffee farms and are very concerned about the environmental sustainability of their farms. A lot of their energy and focus goes towards improving the soil of their farms to ensure a healthy growing environment for their coffee shrubs. Therefore they produce organic fertilizer made from cow and chicken manure mixed with pulp from coffee cherries and other organic material. This is used in addition to some mineral fertilizer to ensure that the coffee plants get the nutrients they need. Oranges, avocados, flowers, bananas and other fruits are also grown at the farms, but mainly for the pickers to eat and to create biodiversity at the farms that ensures good growing conditions and shade for the coffee trees. The local pickers that are hired to harvest the coffee get paid more than what is normal in the area because they are required to sort the cherries during picking. Therefore the pickers are equipped with 2 bags during picking. One bag for ripe coffee cherries, the other is for immature and damaged coffee. Don Fabio, Marysabel and Moises has always focused on quality leading to getting 3rd price at the annual SCAA “Coffee of the year” competition in 2010. They have also done well in the Cup of Excellence for many years, as one of the few producers from their area and in 2016 they got 1st place with their Geisha Coffee and in 2018, don Fabio won the Honduras Cup of Excellence with his Geisha. Geisha/Gesha cultivar is a very rare cultivar that was rediscovered in Panama in 2004 / 2005. In the 1930's seeds were taken from Ethiopia probably near a town called Gesha and brought to Kenya and later to Tanzania before they were taken to Costa Rica in the 1950's where it was planted with mixed results. The plant needs high altitude to yield good quality and is also known to be plant with low productivity. Most likely it did not become popular as other cultivars produced good quality and more cherries even in lower altitudes. It does have some resistance to leaf rust and ojo de gallo which are pathogenic fungi attacking the leaves of the plant. The plant produces oblong cherries and seeds. Today it is probably the most famous cultivar because of it's extremely intense flavors of tangerine, papaya, jasmine, lemon and honey. But it's flavor intensity all depends on the growing conditions. Although this Geisha cultivar comes from the same plants grown on the famous Hacienda la Esmeralda in Panama the flavour profile is quite different to the Panamanian Geisha coffee. As opposed to the citric and light bodied Panamanian Geishas, I find Marysabel and Moises' Geisha to have more body and a more sweet papaya flavour with undertones of green bell pepper in the finish. Of course you will find the classic tangerine and jasmine aromas in this coffee too.

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