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Zoom Colombia La Fortuna Gesha
Zoom Colombia La Fortuna Gesha
Zoom Colombia La Fortuna Gesha
Zoom Colombia La Fortuna Gesha

Colombia La Fortuna Gesha

The southern Colombia farm behind our Colombia Cup of Excellence-winning coffee last spring, La Fortuna is back with a memorable Gesha coffee, processed using the anaerobic-washed method!

This selection’s delicate floral profile immediately stood out with beautiful notes of hibiscus, nectarine and honeydew melon.

Roasted fresh & shipped from the Equator Coffees roastery every Wednesday

Size
cecom-special
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Flavor Profile

  • Origin

    Pitalito, Huila, Colombia

  • Tasting Notes

    Delicate, fruity and complex with notes of nectarine, hibiscus, and honeydew melon.

  • Roast Level

    Light Med Lt Med Med Dark Dark

Origin Story

Victor Felix Ramirez & Blanca Rubi Lopez

This anaerobic-washed Gesha variety coffee was produced by Victor Felix Ramirez on La Fortuna, a small 6-hectare farm situated in the mountains above the town of Pitalito in southern Colombia, within the celebrated coffee growing region of Huila. Victor is a second generation coffee producer that has worked on coffee farms for most of his life. After getting married, Victor and his partner Blanca Rubi Lopez, decided to purchase land of their own and named the farm La Fortuna. Historically, coffee produced on La Fortuna was sold as commercial grade, but desiring more income and a better quality of life for their family, Victor and Blanca committed themselves to producing specialty grade coffee. In 2020, they replanted their farm with higher quality varieties and implemented more effective agricultural and processing practices.

Altitude
Altitude

5,400-5,850 feet

Variety
Variety

Gesha

Processing
Processing

Anaerobic-Washed

Why We Love This Coffee

The Gesha variety was originally collected from coffee forests in Ethiopia in the 1930s. From there, it was sent to the Lyamungu research station in Tanzania before being brought to Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Central America during the 1950s. It was distributed throughout Panama by CATIE in the 1960s after being recognized for tolerance to Roya, or coffee leaf rust. However, the plant was not favored by farmers nor widely planted due to it having brittle branches. The variety finally came to prominence in 2005 when the Peterson family of Boquete, Panama, rediscovered it on their farm, Hacienda La Esmeralda. After tasting the coffee’s unique flavor profile and quality potential the Petersons entered it into the Best of Panama competition and auction, similar to the Cup of Excellence competition in other countries. It received exceptionally high marks and broke the then-record for green coffee auction prices. This Gesha variety lot from Finca La Fortuna displays similar floral and fruit forward flavor characteristics to its Panamanian coffee relative, which continues to reset the coffee price ceiling to this day.

This lot was processed using an innovative variation of the washed method referred to as anaerobic-washed. Instead of being pulped right after harvesting, the coffee cherries were placed in airtight bags and sealed for a brief 40-hour anaerobic fermentation. Then the coffee was pulped before being placed in airtight bags and sealed again for a second 40-hour anaerobic fermentation. Finally the coffee was washed, leaving the parchment clean of any residual fruit before drying. The short anaerobic fermentation periods imparted fruit-forward flavors into the coffee without overpowering the delicate flavor qualities of the Gesha variety.

  • Sustainably Sourced
    Sustainably Sourced

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