Holiday Special Selection Bundle 2021
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It’s time to celebrate! Our 2021 Holiday Special Selection Bundle is here, featuring Bolivia Finca Takesi Geisha & Ethiopia Gesha Village 1931 Natural.
Showcasing some of the most delicious and memorable flavors found in coffee across the globe, this duo makes a perfect ready-made gift for anyone with a love for specialty coffee.
Finca Takesi Geisha
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, those few fleeting weeks during the holiday season when we can enjoy a Geisha varietal lot from Finca Takesi in Bolivia. The farm’s owners, the Iturralde family, say it is the world’s highest-elevation coffee farm, and we aren’t inclined to argue with them.
Don Carlos Iturralde and his family saw opportunity in an isolated region of the Bolivian Andes where others had not. None of their neighbors had planted coffee, and conventional wisdom suggested much of the farm was simply too high and too cold for coffee to thrive there. That didn’t stop Don Carlos and crew, who forged ahead anyway with a few hearty investors who shared their vision of creating a world-class coffee farm in the shadow of a snow-capped Andean volcano.
The farm’s extraordinary elevation seems to intensify the flavors of all its coffees, amplifying the tantalizing floral aromatics and tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmarks of the Geisha cultivar. The long list of tasting notes generated by our Quality Control team reveals an extraordinary combination of delicate floral notes (floral, jasmine, hibiscus), fruit flavors (blackberry, black currant, black grape, honeydew, nectartine, lime, pineapple), and relentless sweetness (blackstrap molasses, turbinado sugar, honey).
We are pleased to be able to present Bolivia Finca Takesi Geisha Special Selection in time for the holidays. It won’t be around for long: you can only find this coffee a few weeks a year, and you can’t find it anywhere else in the United States.
Director of Sourcing and Shared Value
Green Coffee Buyer for Bolivia
Ethiopia Gesha Village 1931 Natural
The farm. Gesha Village is paradise on a coffee farm. It was built on a high plateau in an ancient forest considered to be the original home of the Arabica coffee species. It is both old and new at once: its venerable heirloom cultivars grow under a towering canopy of native trees managed with 21st-century precision to produce exhilarating coffee while preserving the farm’s natural resources.
The variety. Simply hearing the word “Gesha” triggers a Pavlovian response among coffee lovers. It is, hands-down, the most celebrated cultivar of the modern era. Although it became famous in Panama in the mid 2000s, the variety is decidedly older and unmistakably Ethiopian. The 1931 Gesha, named for the year it was catalogued by British botanists during a scouting expedition in the Gori Gesha forest in the far west of Ethiopia, has been repatriated at Gesha Village, where it is thriving in its native habitat.
The process. In Ethiopia, the “natural” process of drying coffee seeds inside the cherry fruit has always been the standard. It can produce extraordinary flavors. But it is notoriously risky, and has been widely abandoned during the modern specialty era in favor of the more reliable “washed” process that separates the seed from the cherry skin and rinses away any vestiges of the fruit. Gesha Village has patiently refined its processing over the past six years and now routinely produces naturals that combine the intense aromatics and amped-up flavors we expect from naturals with the crystal clarity and translucence we seek in washed coffees.
— Geoff Watts
Vice President of Coffee
Green Coffee Buyer for Ethiopia