gesha

Esperanza Reyes Gesha

Gesha has an incredible breadth of flavour-potential, and this semi-washed, partial-ferment lot takes us down a curious path of layered herbaceous botanicals above a bold, fresh-fruit sweetness.

In the region of Northern Nariño the municipality of La Unión lies the farm of Doña Esperanza Reyes. A second-generation producer after her father, she is not your everyday farmer. The family estate has become her project rather than her immediate source of income. By allowing the management of the farm to be overseen by her brother Mauro, and with her siblings Margarita and Leo employed as workers, Doña operates as a fertiliser-trader in La Unión itself.

With all profits from her work invested back into the farm, cultivar selection and equipment can be constantly improved allowing huge improvements in both the catalogue of coffees on offer and the quality of the lots themselves. Doña also runs Coomerciacafé, an associate purchase-point where her husband and friends are also involved.

With excellent connections to other producers and plant-nurseries across the region, the farm puts their success down to the selection of good seeds, with each harvest increasing year-on-year. This crop is the largest yet, despite having faced constant challenges of pest control and nutrition across their land in recent years. In 2019 a large push was made to improve the processing standards on the farm, investing in a new stainless steel fermentation tank to increase control of their fermentations. Suddenly all coffee profiles began to shine, across Castillo, Colombia, Sidra and Gesha lots. Regardless of cultivar they found a new complexity was achieved in each, bringing forward the character as they experimented with in-husk fermentation styles and varied drying-times.

Sometimes producers are more lucky than virtuous, but in this case Doña Esperanza Reyes has not left anything to chance, curating exceptional cultivation, picking, processing and exporting procedures across the board. The care taken in looking after her coffees from seed to well beyond the farm gate translates into a stunning cup that we are proud to display in our Gesha genre.
Esperanza Reyes Gesha

Gesha has an incredible breadth of flavour-potential, and this semi-washed, partial-ferment lot takes us down a curious path of layered herbaceous botanicals above a bold, fresh-fruit sweetness.

In the region of Northern Nariño the municipality of La Unión lies the farm of Doña Esperanza Reyes. A second-generation producer after her father, she is not your everyday farmer. The family estate has become her project rather than her immediate source of income. By allowing the management of the farm to be overseen by her brother Mauro, and with her siblings Margarita and Leo employed as workers, Doña operates as a fertiliser-trader in La Unión itself.

With all profits from her work invested back into the farm, cultivar selection and equipment can be constantly improved allowing huge improvements in both the catalogue of coffees on offer and the quality of the lots themselves. Doña also runs Coomerciacafé, an associate purchase-point where her husband and friends are also involved.

With excellent connections to other producers and plant-nurseries across the region, the farm puts their success down to the selection of good seeds, with each harvest increasing year-on-year. This crop is the largest yet, despite having faced constant challenges of pest control and nutrition across their land in recent years. In 2019 a large push was made to improve the processing standards on the farm, investing in a new stainless steel fermentation tank to increase control of their fermentations. Suddenly all coffee profiles began to shine, across Castillo, Colombia, Sidra and Gesha lots. Regardless of cultivar they found a new complexity was achieved in each, bringing forward the character as they experimented with in-husk fermentation styles and varied drying-times.

Sometimes producers are more lucky than virtuous, but in this case Doña Esperanza Reyes has not left anything to chance, curating exceptional cultivation, picking, processing and exporting procedures across the board. The care taken in looking after her coffees from seed to well beyond the farm gate translates into a stunning cup that we are proud to display in our Gesha genre.

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