Colombia Honey Process La Bohemia Gesha

Colombia Honey Process La Bohemia Gesha


This honey-process lot has high levels of both delicate florals and more weighty fruited tones. The profile unfolds to ripe yellow cherry, tart cranberry, winey fruit, cane juice, and brisk black tea. City to Full City.

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Additional Info

Cultivars Gesha
Processing Method Honey Processed
Grade Estate
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 16+ screen
Arrival Date September 2017 Arrival
Region Buenos Aires, San Pedro de Cartago, Nariño
Roast Recommendation City to Full City
Organic No
Farm Gate Yes
Recommended for Espresso No


One of two Gesha lots we purchased from Finca La Bohemia, this is the honey-processed version. Honey processing involves leaving some of the sticky fruit intact with the coffee seeds during the entire drying period, and tends to result in fruited sweetness, but at the risk of muting a coffee's acidity, and clarity. The latter is part of the reason we buy so few honey processed coffees, and it can be particularly troubling when you see a potentially great coffee like a Gesha compromised by bad processing technique. Needless to say, we were a little skeptical when this sample was put in front of us, but were totally floored by the cup quality shortly into our assessment. We think you will be too! Finca La Bohemia is located in the small town of Buenos Aires within the greater Department of Nariño. The farm is owned and operated by the Lasso Family, the first to grow coffee in this particular region. La Bohemia is 28 hectares planted in mostly Caturra as well as some Gesha, and sits on a sloping hillside reaching just over 2000 meters above sea level. Siblings Racquel and Hermillas Lasso started a foundation in Buenos Aires about 25 years ago with the purpose of helping local women gain financial independence, often from abusive husbands (that's Racquel and Carlos Lasso, another family member, in the first photo). The Lasso family identified a domestic violence problem in their town, women often dependent on violent husbands for financial support for their families, who without work of their own felt trapped by their dependence. So they started this program with the idea that the work will afford these women financial independence which in turn puts them in a better position to make decisions for themselves. The program started with a blackberry business that didn't really work out due to a fungal problem, then they moved into supplying cows in order to sell milk (which is still going), and also a coffee association that is still going strong. The association has since moved to the nearby town of La Union where it can serve a wider population. Right now we have both honey and wet processed Gesha lots from Finca La Bohemia available, which you can buy individually, or as a duo sample set at a slightly discounted price here.

This is the honey processed companion in a Gesha duo, the other wet processed, both from the same farm in Cartago, Nariño. Of the two, this is perhaps the more showy in that fruit and floral notes are more easily sensed from hot to cool, and fruit-forward characteristics tend to show in high volume at a wider range of roast. Be that as it may, I still highly recommend sticking to the lighter end of the roast spectrum here, as too far south of City+ will squash much of the floral and fruit intensity. Don't worry about developing sweetness with this coffee, as there's so much to be tasted even at City roast level. The aroma is super floral, jasmine flower, and floral fruit notes like yellow cherry at peak ripeness, along with a tart fresh cranberry note. That fruited aspect becomes winier the cooler the cup gets, revealing a wine-like tang that you would expect from slightly fermented cherries. This is probably an affect of process method, and comes off nicely atop deep sweetness that imparts flavors of fresh pressed cane juice. This is such a sweet coffee, body is big too, and the finish is quite clean compared to many other full honey coffees we've tasted. A brisk, tea-like acidity cuts through the complex profile, and mouthfeel is like the tannic side of fine black tea. There's alot to unpack in this coffee's cup profile, so make sure to sip as it cools, and enjoy the array of juicy fruit flavors that unfold.