Guatemala Santa Felisa Washed K72 Red Geisha

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In the cup this coffee has a really fruity sweetness which makes me think of tinned fruit salad in fruit juice. There's also white tea and a gentle apricot aftertaste.

£8.80

DETAILS

Mr. Trinidad E. Cruz established Santa Felisa many, many moons ago in 1904. He did so with a philosophy of integrity, quality, loyalty and justice; all this with social and environmental concerns, too. What a man! The farm was developed into a Maya Kakchiquel zone working with their families, and nowadays the same families still work on the farm. Fast forward 103 years and, four generations of coffee farming later, here we are!

Santa Felisa is located in Acatenango in the Chimaltenango department of Guatemala. It sits between altitudes of 1,500 and 1,900 metres above sea level and is run by the sibling duo Antonio and Anabela Meneses. It grows the Yellow Catuai, Red Bourbon, Red Typica and Red Geisha coffee varietals.

The farm is a very experimental one. The owners are currently using seven different processing methods on their cherries! This lot has been processed using their 'K72' method, which is a variation of a washed process that copies some of the methods typical for Kenyan coffees. The cherry is pulped, and then sits in dry fermentation for 24 hours. The fermentation process is stopped by adding water, and then the process is repeated twice until it has reached the 72 hour mark (thus the 'K72' name). Afterwards the coffee is submerged under water for another night, before being washed and dried on patios.

Santa Felisa is a suuuuuper responsible farm, and the owners have some major social and support principles for their workers.

  • Never employ children as part of the workforce.
  • Provide housing for the workers so they can live on the farm.
  • Provide an on-site elementary school for the children of the farm workers.
  • Support for the children of the workers willing to finish high school.
  • Partially sponsor Las Nubes Daycare and afterschool care in Acatenango. Las Nubes offers nutritious meals, medical supervision and education for children of the communities nearby (for more info www.lasnubesguate.com).

The varietal of this coffee is the almighty Geisha! It is a controversial varietal when found in Central America and is really rather rare, although it is starting to pop up a bit more often these days. It was made famous by Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda and the Best of Panama Auction, which is held by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama.

Geisha was a little known varietal and was originally introduced to Central America in Costa Rica – not in Panama, as many think – in 1953. Originally from the south-western Ethiopian town of Gesha, it's an heirloom (or should I say, wild) varietal that's low yielding, has thin and spindly branches open to strong winds, and is as pest friendly as they come (although it is resistant to coffee rust). The leaves are very long and thin, and the plant grows very tall – it's a bit of a gangly thing!

In the cup this coffee has a really fruity sweetness which makes me think of tinned fruit salad in fruit juice. There's also white tea and a gentle apricot aftertaste.

  • Country: Guatemala
  • Department: Chimaltenango
  • Municipality: Acatenango
  • Farm: Santa Felisa
  • Producers: Antonio and Anabela Meneses
  • Altitude: 1,500–1,900 m.a.s.l.
  • Process: Washed K72
  • Varietal: Red Geisha
  • Temperature average: 64°F to 73°F
  • Annual rainfall precipitation: 1,200 to 1,500 millimetres
  • Relative humidity: 70%
  • GPS coordinates: N. 14.53775 , WO. 90.94729

CUPPING NOTES

Tinned fruit salad, white tea, apricot.

Clean cup: (1–8): 6
Sweetness: (18): 7
Acidity: (18): 6
Mouthfeel: (18): 6
Flavour: (18): 7
Aftertaste: (18): 7
Balance: (18): 6
Overall: (18): 7
Correction (+36): +36

Total (max. 100): 88

Roasting Information
Medium just before you reach second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Tinned fruit salad, white tea, apricot.

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apricot, tinned fruit salad, white tea,