CUP SCORE 92.50 (SCA cup protocol)
suggested for espresso and filter
We roast to order all coffees on Wednesday and Saturday, dispatching on next working day. Cut-off time is 8am UTC+1
THE STORY BEHIND
At an altitude of 1,600 masl this beautiful farm "Finca La Fortuna" is blessed with light mist, rich volcanic black soil, fresh water springs and surrounded by mountain forests. Many varieties of native trees such as guava, cuellito, cedar, cenizos, higueron, and poro are growing all over the farm, providing the coffee plants beneath them with an abundance of nutrients and shade.
In 1880, Engineer Joseph De Dianous moved from his native France to Panama, to work for the French Panama Canal Company. In 1914, his son Gabriel de Dianous purchased land in Bajo Mono, Boquete, where he founded “Finca Gladys”, in honor of his wife. Gabriel instilled his passion for quality and excellence in his children. In 1991 Teresita (Gabriel’s daughter) and her husband Ricardo Fernandez acquired Finca Gladys, where they founded Cafetalera Fernandez Estate. They quickly began to expand further and in 2003 they purchased “Gran Paradiso”, a neighbouring plantation. They acquired “Finca La Fortuna” shortly thereafter, where they grow and harvest superb estate coffee under the name of Gran del Val.
In 1997, Cafetalera Fernandez engineered Panama’s first Rainforest Alliance N.Y. certified coffee mill. The mill uses the latest technology in coffee production and uses minute amounts of water in an effort to preserve natural resources and promote sustainable farming.
Geisha (the Spanish spelling of the word Gesha) is a variety of coffee crop under the Genus of Arabica. Originally found in Ethiopia by Mount Gesha and hence name Gesha, its roots are from Ethiopia. One of the first experiments at bringing this variety out of Ethiopia occurred in Panama and Costa Rica. The challenges in getting the Gesha (then named Geisha by Spanish speakers) to grow and produce coffee cherries were immense. Once these challenges were overcome the results in the cup were unlike any coffee ever tasted. The Geisha provides a high level of complexity with a delicate almost tea like body. With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and chocolate cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees.