Colombia - Las Margaritas - Geisha (Hybrid Washed) - FILTER (MAP SERIES #3) 250G
Las Margaritas - Geisha is the third release in our new MAP Series. These coffees are premium, in very limited supply, and come housed in a fully bespoke and biodegradable package. Our goal is to source and offer the most unique and unusual coffees we can find and present them in a beautiful aesthetic.
Want to buy 1KG? You can, but it comes in a 1KG bag and not in the bespoke box I'm afraid!
Please note: This coffee really opens up after 7 days rest. Any earlier and it does not offer the same kind of complexity that it is capable of.
Coffee background: Café Granja La Esperanza is made up of 5 farms: Cerro Azul, Las Margaritas, La Esperanza, Potosi and Hawaii. They have a reputation for producing competition-winning coffees. Processes are matched with varieties to produce unique flavour profiles.
We have been aware of Cafe Granja for some time now, having bought one of its natural lots to use in the UKBC back in 2018 (For Dan Todd ESQ), which was a fairly wild tropical Pacamara. They are known for producing some exceptional lots across a range of experimental processing techniques, with this Geisha being a prime example of their abilities as a leading speciality coffee farm.
The Las Margaritas farm, known to the workers as the ‘garden of varieties’, has built a reputation as for competition winning coffees due to the varied and unusual varieties grown.
ELDERFLOWER / JASMINE / TURKISH DELIGHT
How you can brew this coffee:
V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).
La Margaritas is a very complex coffee. As a Geisha you would expect a very refined cup that offers a level of intensity unfound in most other coffees. This coffee delivers just that and more. It has a very sweet and clean mouthfeel that reminds us of a great quality rose Turkish Delight. This is supported by layers of delicate notes of elderflower, jasmine, and even some lemongrass and peach.
Beginning in 1930, Israel Correa and Carmen Rosa Vega arrived in Valle del Cauca seeking unoccupied land to start a farm, acquiring Potosi. Over the upcoming years, there weren’t major changes in their way of life, besides raising a big family which was the Colombian tradition in those days. Following this and the lack of labor, the children had to help by doing farm work. In 1945, three different varieties were introduced to the existing Typica; Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon and Caturra.
Two of the eleven children, Rigoberto and Luis, showed special interest in coffee production and processing. They decided to give their crop a new direction, changing to organic in the late 90’s. Besides Potosí, another farm in the Trujillo region was acquired to enlarge the organic production, La Esperanza farm.
The Geisha link:
In 2007 Don Rigoberto had the chance to lease and manage a coffee farm in the region of Boquete in Panama, called “La Carleida”, and a year later obtained first place in the “Best coffee of Panama”. At this point he decided to bring some of the Geisha seeds to Colombia, starting a new era in the history of Granja La Esperanza.
Fermentation time for this coffee ranges between 19 and 22 hours in wholes cherries and then the skin is taken out to start the second fermentation step in parchment and mucilage and last for 35 hours. Beans are then mechanically dried until moisture hits 10.5%.
Brew Method Suggestion:
We want you to experiment with this coffee and find your own preferred method, however, if you are looking for a starting point then we've been really enjoying this Chemex recipe:
1:18 ratio - brew for 2
- 33g of the coffee ground (use a good grinder that does not create many fines or boulders and can grind well at courser settings)
- 600ml of water
- Chemex Filter papers
- Pour over kettle
- Rinse filter thoroughly
- Add coffee and level surface
- Start timer
- Pour to 60g bloom in 10 seconds
- Pause to 45 sec
- Pour to 300g in 15/20 seconds
- Pause to 1min 30 mark
- Pour to 600ml
- Total drawdown time should be around 4min
- Farms: Las Margaritas - Caicedonia, Valle de Cauca, Colombia
- Varietal: Geisha
- Process: Hybrid Washed
- Elevation: 1570-1850 MASL
- Weight: 125g
- Roast: Filter
- This coffee is available as wholesale. If you would like to know more about wholesale supply and pricing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org