Luis Aníbal is a second generation coffee grower. His family have been growing coffee for over 60 years. Luis has been growing coffee for over 40 years. At nine years-old, Luis' father gave him a small plot of land to plant his own coffee.
Things haven't always been great for Luis. In 2011 Luis was very close to losing his farm to the bank. He went to ask for help at a local Specialty Coffee Association. They offered to pay him 15% more than the going rate for coffee.
This extra income allowed him to plant 5000 Geisha plants. After waiting an arduous 3 years to bear fruit, Luis was finally starting to get rewarded for his hard work. In 2015 Luis decided to convert his whole farm to exotic coffee cultivars.
Coffee is hand-picked, selecting only perfectly ripe cherries. After harvesting, the coffee is processed washed fermentation method. The cherries were wet fermented for 30 hours, then de-pulped, washed & then spread out to dry on raised beds until the moisture content dropped to 11%.
region Pijao, Quinidio
farm/farmer Villa Betulia
altitude 1500-1600 meters
In 1931, a British ambassador picked a selection of coffee berries in Southwest Ethiopia near a village called Gesha. In 1932 seeds from these plants were sent to Kenya. In 1936 seedlings were sent to Uganda & Tanzania. In the mid 50's seeds were sent from Tanzania to Costa Rica, where trials began. In 1963 Don Pachi Serracin brought some Geisha seeds to Panama, but attempts to grow Geisha were axed due to poor flavour, [most likely caused by the plants growing at too low an altitude]. Geisha, was then forgotten about until 2002 when Daniel Peterson from Hacienda Esmerada decided to cup coffee from different parts of his farm & came across this extraordinary coffee we know as Geisha.
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