Gesha was first discovered in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia at Gesha Mountain. In the 1950’s, the variety was brought to Costa Rica by a famed coffee producer, Don Pachi. He originally brought the seeds to CATIE, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, because they seemed to grow as leaf-rust resistant types. Sharing the seeds with his neighbors at Esmeralda, Mama Cata, and La Esperanza, allowed the variety to cross the border into Panama.
Fast forwarding to 2004, Hacienda La Esmeralda, an estate located in Panama, entered a competition with a lot of Gesha that was deemed unusual and distinct. Because of this, record prices were bid and the popularity of Gesha has been on the rise ever since.
Gesha has hit the shelves at Bohío! We are beyond satisfied and super excited about the product!
The coffee was grown at an altitude of 1800 meters in Tarrazú at Finca la Montana. We are currently selling two different processes of Gesha, Purple Honey (Natural) and Red Honey.
The Purple Honey or Natural process is where the cherry is picked and then dried whole (pulp, parchment, and bean). After the cherry has finished the drying process, the entire hull is then removed to obtain the green coffee bean. Due to the variety of coffee, Gesha, and the Natural process, after roasting the flavor profile has been described as blueberry and winey.
The Red Honey process is where the coffee cherry is picked, the cherry hull is removed, but the pulp remains on the bean for the drying process. This creates a floral, orange, and brown sugar tasting cup of coffee.
With such unique beans, we wanted a packaging that displayed what was to go inside.
One of our talented baristas, Damian Alvarado, happens to also be a talented photographer that loves to photograph the emasculate color schemes that take place at sunset each day in Jaco. We thought about how incredible it would be to bring the beauty of nature that we look forward to each day to our shelves. We chose the images and after many trials, we obtained two packages, two separate color combinations, that we were satisfied with. The original photo that the packaging is based off of is attached to every Gesha bag and is signed by Jorge, Damian.
Get you limited edition Tarrazú Gesha online, or in person at Bohío!