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Finca Gascon - Guatemala - Washed Gesha PB - Filter

A beautiful Gesha Peaberry from legendary producer Felipe Contreras. This coffee is one for the purists: vibrant, clear, and ultimately expressive! Expect notes of violet, peach, & lemon tea.

Felipe and Jordan at Finca Gascon are two of the most driven young producers we have been lucky enough to meet. The farm is completely organic with regenerative and permaculture principles and they tend to each plant according to the theory of molecular trofobiosis. They have built natural irrigation systems, produce their own organic compost, make their own natural ‘pesticide’ by fermenting plants, and are constantly innovating and experimenting with post-harvest processing.

€24,50

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Producer

Felipe took over the farm from his father with the ambition to produce world-class specialty coffee.

Region

Finca Gascon is located in the famous coffee growing region of Antigua. The region is spread across 3 ancient volcanoes.

Sustainability

Felipe makes his own ‘apichi’, a natural insecticide made by fermenting garlic, onion, chilli, & peppers. The ingredients are soaked, mashed, and fermented into a ‘juice’ and sprayed on the coffee trees to prevent pests and moulds.

Elevation

Finca Gascon sits at 1800 masl on sandy, sulfurus volcanic soil.

Variety

The 6 year old Gesha trees at Finca Gascon are incredibly healthy from yearly pruning and thick layers of natural compost.

Process

Fully ripe cherries with a brix reading of 18-23 are picked, floated, sorted, pulped and then fully washed before drying on raised beds.

Regenerative Agriculture


 

“We cater to every plant according to the theory of molecular trofobiosis.”
 

Felipe made the decision to farm completely organically very quickly. The plots are designed with permaculture principles like shade trees and the plots are fed by natural irrigation systems. The team uses regenerative practices like reintroducing lixiviates from the fermentation back into the plants and they keep horses and cows to produce compost. They even make their own ‘apichi’, a natural insecticide made by fermenting garlic, onion, chilli, & peppers. The ingredients are soaked, mashed, and fermented into a ‘juice’ and sprayed on the coffee trees to prevent pests and moulds.

Gesha


 

“My father heard that a Panamanian Gesha was bought for more than US$250/lb at the 2017 Best of Panama Auction. So he planted 10,000 Gesha trees”


 

Of these 10,000 Gesha trees, around a quarter of them died. The shallow root systems of the Gesha plant could not develop in the soft soils of this ‘traditional’ coffee farm. Gesha is adapted to forests (like in their native Ethiopia) with structured soils from other root systems and constant organic composting from leaf litter and treefall. It was clear that an agroforestry model, with an organic approach to soil health, was the only way forward for growing and maintaining high quality Gesha.

Surprisingly, the first year that these now organic-composted Gesha trees produced any fruit, the small 10kg washed lot scored an astonishing 88.5 points! This lit a fire for Felipe to keep improving all aspects of farming and processing in the pursuit of quality.