- Strawberry, Rhubarb & White Peach
The Geisha varietal is rare and prized for its inherent fruity flavour and this coffee is no exception having been naturally processed (sun-dried with cherries intact). Strawberries are upfront with a lovely complex berry sweetness which dominates the cup. It also has a wonderful rhubarb acidity, with hints of white peach.
Geisha is a rare varietal hailing from the COOPCHEBI cooperative located in the Chanchamayo region of Peru. Many farmers in Latin America have had their crops wiped out by the leaf rust fungus over the last 5 years, however Geisha has been found to be resistant to the fungus and COOPCHEBI farmers were surprised to find this coffee growing in areas otherwise decimated by leaf rust.
Processing green coffee beans requires fermentation to produce desirable flavours and allow it to be stored without spoiling. There are two main ways to ferment coffee, either with water which we called washed (or wet) processing or without water called natural (dry) processing. Once ripe cherries are picked, pulping them in a wet mill removes the skin, and fermentation processes the remaining mucilage on the bean.
Traditionally, washed coffee is picked and within 8 hours the cherries are floated in water (and unwanted components are scooped from the top), and then pulped. Then the beans will be washed in water for around 12 - 36 hours and dried in the sun on patios for around a week.
Natural processing involves none of these steps, traditionally the full cherry is dried in the sun for around a week, then the dried skin is removed.
- Peru, South America
Cooperativa Agraria De Servicios Cafe Hemalu De Los Bosques Del Inka Coopchebi was formed in 2003 with the mission to 'Improve the living conditions of our partners, farmers & our community’.
Their coffee is grown with principles of organic coffee production, which involves a lot of work from the selection of good seed crops with terraces, reforesting, maintaining very old trees and controlling weeds manually, promoting balanced environmental biodiversity.
Social premiums go toward healthcare, roads, improved technical capabilities and quality of life of workers and their families, as well as the sharing of knowledge on a national level.