In the final week of our Microlot Release Club, we present the crown jewel of the series: two Geisha coffees, processing using washed and honey methods, from Finca San Jerónimo Miramar in Guatemala.
>> Want to brush up on the differences between coffee processing methods at origin? Check out our blog post: What's the Deal with Coffee Processing Methods?
REGION ATITLÁN VOLCANO, GUATEMALA
ALTITUDE 1600 MASL
PROCESS WASHED & HONEY
About the Farm
Finca San Jerónimo Miramar is a stunning and ecologically diverse farm situated in the Atitlán region of Guatemala. The owner-operators of the farm, the Bressani family, treat the environment, employees, and their community with a deep level of care. They are some of the most humble people you will ever meet, and the owners' goals for the farm have always been to provide valuable jobs for their community.
The farm is truly a biodynamic and regenerative place, and each sector of the farm feeds into and helps the others. A large portion of the farm is a private nature reserve, with countless species of protected plants, birds and animals. The farm owners are committed to research and innovation, and helping out the coffee-growing community. They run a lab to research natural methods for reducing fungi and pests in coffee, and are a World Coffee Research host for experimental cultivars. They also operate a dairy, producing a variety of cheeses and creams on-site, and the cows they nurture on the farm (and the abundant compost they contribute to!) are a key part of the overall biodynamic system.
>> Learn More about Finca San Jerónimo Miramar at our blog post: Sunrise Over Guatemala
About Geisha Coffee
This heirloom cultivar first came into fame in Panama around 2004. Originally selected because of its resistance to certain forms of coffee leaf rust, this low-yielding plant is now prized for other characteristics in the cup. It is renowned for its quality, specifically relating to its sweetness, acidity, and floral tones. This variety was a gift to Finca San Jerónimo from a world-famous coffee researcher who visited the farm several times and was impressed by their good work. He gave the Administrator the Geisha seed and told him to plant it on a special spot since it was a prized variety. These magical beans helped the farm later on as an express ticket to the specialty coffee realm. They planted it on the slopes of the Atitlán Volcano.
>> Learn more about the geisha varietal at our blog post: What Is Geisha Coffee?