Gesha Natural - Cup of Excellence


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Who is ready for a special coffee experience?

Impressions: rose water, tangerine peel, cabernet grapes, clarified honey, glazed balsamic, pink pepper
Roast degree: 1,5/5

Country: Mexico
Region: La Concordia, Chiapas

Farm: Finca Santa Cruz
Producer: Jose Argüello
Varietal: Gesha
Process: natural
Partner importer: La Nacional
Quantity: 120 g glass jar

It is very hard to get a hold of a cup of excellence coffee, and even harder to secure a little bit of the winning lot like this one! (see our transparency report to learn more)

This coffee is delightful and complex, and for good reason: Jose is a master at processing coffee.

Harvested during a Full Moon to maximize sugar content, it''s followed by a 12hr oxidation period. After this, it's fermented in yeast (Sacharomyces Cereviceae for the geeks) for 72hr.
Jose then closely monitor drying, starting with 2 days in the sun, followed by 26 days on African raised beds.
Finally, the coffee will rest in a stable environment (stabilization period) for 25 days before being vacuum sealed.

For over 20 years, the Cup of Excellence (COE) competition has pioneered integrity and transparency in the coffee industry. The level of scrutiny that COE coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the industry. This means that the quality of COE coffees is also unmatched. We give farmers the tools they need to improve the economic model of their farms with recognition and financial reward for their hard work and effort.

This coffee tastes like so many things that it's hard to make a description that makes sense! So bear with us, there are a lot of sensory stimulus going on with this one ;-)

The fragrance is out of this world and sets the table for a unique experience: it's full of fresh berries and roses.

This roast can take you in so many directions.
The ripe grapes can make the wine aficionado get cabernet or merlot vibes. We also get loads of strawberry and raspberry. The acidity reminds us of fresh a nectarine.

It's a very complex coffee that also let crazy things surface. We noticed some strong and unusual flavours like glazed balsamic and pink pepper, and a subtle pecan note in the aftertaste.

Let us know what you taste once you brew it!

Method Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 18 g 2.2:1 35-40 sec
Espresso with milk 18g 2:1 36-40 sec
Americano 18 g 2.3:1 30-35 sec


23 g 17:1 3:30-3:45 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 16.5:1 4:00-5:30 min

 French Press

18-25 g 16:1 4:30 min steep time

Farm: Finca Santa Cruz
Farmer: Jose Argüello
Importer: La Nacional
Exportation: Joint effort between Jose and La Nacional

A winning lot from the Cup of Excellence is hard to come by, and we have been blessed with 15kg of it! 
Usually, the full lot is only sold through an auction, so we are extremely happy to be able to offer this to you!

Price paid for the landed coffee at our roastery: 158CAD/kg

Price paid by La Nacionale to Jose: 106USD/KG

We do not often buy lots that are this expensive, but this was maybe a once in a couple of years opportunity. We also buy other lots from Jose, and it was important for us to showcase his best work of the year!

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