Cerro Azul Gesha – Naturals (Colombia)
- Producer: Café Granja La Esperanza
- Region: Valle del Cauca, Colombia
- Type: 100% Arabica
- Roast Profile: Omni Roast
- Altitude: 1700 – 2000 MASL
- Process: Naturals
- Varieties: Gesha
- Flavor Notes: Red Apple, Guava, Strawberry Jam, Raspberry Lemonade
We’re excited to bring you our second lot from the world-renowned, prestigious Colombian super-specialty producer – Café Granja La Esperanza. This Gesha comes from their precious gem of a farm, Cerro Azul, located at an altitude of almost 2000 metres above sea level. The Gesha varietal needs no introduction but this carefully nurtured lot surely does. As is the case with any specialty coffee, we recommend allowing your cup of Cerro Azul Gesha Naturals to cool a bit once you have brewed it. Your initial sips will reveal sweet red apples and guava. The tactile is rich and creamy and is enhanced by a bright and sparkling acidity that lingers on. Further investigation of the rich experience of your palate will introduce hints of raspberry lemonade and a slightly sweet strawberry jam aftertaste.
The process involves rigorous and selective picking of cherries when they have attained a grape-like colour and a brix reading of 18. The fermentation is carried out for 36 hours after which the produce is left for 48 hours in a silo for drying (at an average temperature of 35 °C). They are then passed through the solar dryer for approximately 15 days.
Café Granja La Esperanza was founded in 1945. After many years of hard work, the farm was very productive regardless of the changes in the country and in the international coffee market. Third generation coffee growers Rigoberto and Luis Eduardo Herrera have always harbored a very special interest in coffee production and processing. Born in Caicedonia, Valle del Cauca, they began to revolutionize the specialty coffee scene in 1998 and continue the family dream that began in 1945. Cafe Granja La Esperanza manages 3 farms: Cerro Azul, Potosi, and Las Margaritas. At Finca Cerro Azul, only the Gesha variety is grown. The Finca is called Cerro Azul or ‘Blue Mountain’ because when Don Rigoberto was living on the nearby La Esperanza farm, the mountain he could see from his house looked blue and white because of the mist which surrounded its peak. On visiting the land, he felt a positive energy from the land and the neighbours which made him decide to buy the land and transform it into Finca Cerro Azul. Café Granja La Esperanza are the only producers who had 3 coffees featured in Coffee Review’s Best 15 Coffees of the World in 2019 – all three coffees scoring 95 and above.
We invite you to indulge in this amazing coffee experience and experience the fruit of the dreams, hopes, visions and hard work of each person in the value chain who has contributed to its creation.