Region: Herrera, Tolima
Process: Natural (experimental fermentation)
Altitude: 1,800-2,000 masl
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes: Cacao Nibs, Raspberry, Pomegranate, Caramel
Bag Size: 35K
Monteverde is a world renowned farm, and small as the lots are, we’re honored to have them grace us for however short they do. The two coffees we brought in from this farm were were in our top three scoring lots from this arrival — this one is a stunner. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves with tasting notes and fangirling, we’ll start with the details.
Monteverde was given to Gildardo Gutierrez and his wife, Miralba Falla, as an inheritance by Gildardo’s father, 40 years ago. They’ve grown coffee together ever since, but it was until 8 years ago that a group of coffee tasters urged them to grow exotic varieties that they began doing so. The farm sits at 1,800 - 2,000masl in the township of Herrera, and grows some of the rarest coffee varieties in the world — obviously including Gesha. We may have the next generation to thank for this unique coffee, the husband and wife team are accompanied by their children, Johan, Newerley, and Katerinne who help manage the farm, processing, and two of them are even Q Graders.
This lot in particular was grown on a 5 hectare Gesha plot that was planted as young as 4 years ago, with some trees getting up to 12 years old. After picking in October, the coffee was fermented for 100 HOURS at a controlled temperature not allowed to exceed 35℃. After fermentation, the lot was transferred to covered raised beds. After 25 days of sun drying, the lot was transferred to temperature controlled silos for 5 more days to finish drying between 30-35℃.
This is a unique coffee among unique coffees, if you’re looking for something to impress the coffee gods, you found it. We cupped this one with the vibrant notes of cacao nibs and raspberry with the brightness of pomegranate and citrus, finishing with a lingering sweetness of caramel. This is a really small, really unique lot, if you don’t get your hands on any of this one, we suggest you keep your eyes peeled for other coffees from Monteverde.