Colombia Las Margaritas La Esperanza
$38.00 per 250g
Fragrant juicy grapes, plum syrup and cedar notes with luscious toffee pecan pie Geisha the Great !
Finca Las Margaritas is just one of 5 farms owned by La Esperanza Estate. It is located at 1600-2000 m altitude on a mountain range in Caicedonia, Valle de Cauca. The agronomist from Granja La Esperanza purchased this finca and dedicated the plantings to Certified Organic coffees. These coffees are now sought after in the Specialty coffee market and their plantings and processes are among the most progressive and experimental in the World. This progress includes labour values where pickers are paid by the day rather than the typical weight of the cherry. This ensures only best ripe cherry is harvested. Quality controls here are invested in genetic material (varietal), the terroir and human talent. With 95 strict quality control hurdles, this ensures consistent and excellent cup quality.
In November 2017, Jasper Coffee Directors, Merilyn and Wells, visited Granja La Esperanza Farms. This land was purchased in the 80’s in a very dangerous area of Colombia, lorded by Guerrilas and Drug Barons. This was remote land that no one wanted.
The seeds of Geisha were smuggled from Panama, after the now owner, Rigoberto Herrera, farmed Panama Geishas into World prominence as Cup of Excellence winner and most expensive coffee of its day. But he was a Colombian…not a Panamanian, so that was not acceptable in the eyes of Panama coffee growers. He left to find land in Colombia.
Rigoberto treats his workers as well as his guests…with equality and special hospitality. This is truly a coffee farmer who is open to research, risk and reward.
In order to achieve the best conditions for growing the Geisha, they had a long term program of growing seedlings at different elevations up the steep slopes, then waited 3-4 years to harvest first crop from each. They processed the best cherry from each tree, then diligently scored the coffees on the cupping bench, considering taste, body, acidity defect, volume of crop from each tree and susceptibility to pests, along with rate of growth, ripening period and size of cherry.
They replanted seedlings from those selected cherry and re-grew at different altitudes to repeat the process of scoring a few years later. What they found was that contrary to their expectation, the higher altitude trees did not produce best tasting coffee and volumes were unpredictable. Best coffees came a little lower in altitude where temperatures overnight were a little warmer which facilitated better production of sugars within the fruit.
To achieve these remarkable qualities with micro lots, there is lots of extra work and research, which is rarely rewarded financially, even at the higher prices sought on the market. It is only when there is significant volume of these coffees that it becomes viable to the farmer. Very often, Australian roasters are despised when they turn up at the farm, request to taste only the best microlots, buy only 2-4 bags and then expect the farmer to make a living on this while the roaster makes claims they are “supporting” the farmer more than Fairtrade because they pay more than FT price….even though they buy only tiny lots. Jasper Coffee works closely with our broker, Scott Bennett, who buys large volumes of these coffees and distributes to many Roasters.
This is far more sustainable for the farmer.
Great Geisha !
- Origin; Finca Las Margaritas- La Esperanza, Colombia.
- Varietal; Red Bourbon
- Altitude; 1600-2000 m
- Farm Size; 5 Hectares
- Process; Washed