farm: Hacienda La Esmeralda

region: Boquete

altitude: 1800 MASL

process: Washed

varietal: Geisha

Leon 42

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Leon 42

Jasmine Tea, Apricot Jam, Raspberry

Regular price $69.00 $0.00

farm: Hacienda La Esmeralda

region: Boquete

process: Washed

varietal: Geisha

*IF YOUR ORDER CONTAINS OTHER NON-LIMITED COFFEE, THE ENTIRE ORDER WILL ROAST & SHIP TOGETHER ACCORDING TO THE ROAST DATE LISTED ABOVE.

Hacienda La Esmeralda is the epicenter of the rediscovery of the Geisha variety and the subsequent fascination the Specialty Coffee industry has had with the variety. In 2004, the Peterson family decided to separate lots based on their location on the farm, and kept them separated throughout processing. By doing so, the Peterson's were able to isolate the cup profile of the Geisha variety, experiencing the juicy acidity and multi-layered aromatics that Geisha has to offer. While common practice today, this decision to separate lots was progressive and experimental at the time.

The Buenos Aires micro-lot is grown at one of the highest elevations at Hacienda La Esmeralda's Jaramillo farm. With cool temperatures, high humidity, and massive shade trees that have been standing for ages, Jaramillo is the perfect location for making the aromatics of the geisha variety sing. The farm jumps up from rolling hills on its lower part to steep 40-degree inclines higher up, making harvesting a manual and challenging affair. There had been coffee planted on the lower parts of the farm—as many as 15 different sub-varieties of hybrids from Costa Rica and Brazil—and in 1997 the Peterson family decided to plant higher up.

Harvesting

Due to the high premium, these coffees garner during an auction, Hacienda La Esmeralda is able to pay its harvesters three times the typical wage, ensuring a good standard of living as well as the highest quality work. By carefully dividing each lot as it is picked, specific clusters of trees are targeted during the harvest, building unique micro-lots for the most quality-conscious buyers.

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