||Costa Rica Santa Teresa 2000 La Montana White Honey Ethiopia x Geisha 2016
||Santa María de Dota, Tarrazu
||Varietal: Ethiopia x Geisha
The property at La Montaña has been family owned for 100 years. Roger Umaña Hidalgo inherited La Montaña from his father in 1962, and, until recently, has grown mainly beans and grass. The cultivation of coffee at La Montaña was formerly on a small scale, in the past there wasn't a road to the farm and so transportation was very expensive and somewhat fiddly!
Back in the day they used to have to transport processed coffee almost 2km by horse along trails and through gorges. In 1998, 5,000 coffee trees were planted to cover 1 hectare. During the planting, all of the soil and seed beds were transported 600 meters by horse.
In 2001, it was possible for Roger to hire a tractor to create a road, which to date has massively helped with the transportation of coffee. Since then, La Montaña has increased its planting area according to the potential that the land offers, and that coffee is produced with methods geared towards a high production level with strict cultural practices that are friendly to the environment.
This coffee is a Geisha varietal which is a controversial varietal when found in Central America, it used to be extremely rare but is slowly starting to crop up in a few more places. 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.
It was a little known varietal and was originally introduced to Central America in Costa Rica (1953) not Panama as many think. 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 as pest friendly as they come (although it is resistant to coffee rust!). The leaves are very long and thin too and grows very tall (if not a little gangly).
Yes this coffee is as delicious as its price and cupping score, it is a coffee you really must try!
In the cup this starts out as a super classic Geisha with tonnes of clean floral wonder, but this Geisha also has a lovely juicy body with plum and a little orange on the finish.
Country: Costa Rica
Micro-region: Santa María de Dota
Farm: La Montaña
Mill: Santa Teresa 2000
Producer: Roger Umaña Hidalgo
Altitude: 1,800-2,000 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: Ethiopia x Geisha
Processing System: White Honey
"Quick Look" Guide
Clean, floral, juicy, plum, orange.
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