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When we convened our second annual Extraordinary Coffee Competition in La Paz earlier this year, hometown favorite Finca Takesi commanded the respect of the entire Intelligentsia Direct Trade network with this Geisha varietal lot that took home five major prizes, including Best of the Southern Hemisphere.
  • SKU Finca Takesi Bolivia Geisha Special Selection
  • Country Bolivia
  • Region within Country Sud Yungas
  • Elevation 1800 - 1900 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Finca Takesi
  • Farmer / Producer Name Mariana Iturralde Costa
  • Buyer Michael Sheridan
  • Cultivar Geisha
  • Harvest Time August 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Finca Takesi Bolivia Geisha Special Selection

It is always a privilege to introduce one of our single-origin releases. We set a high bar for the coffees we release into the world to stand on their own, so any coffee that clears it is worthy of some celebration. But it is a singular pleasure to introduce this coffee, one of the most unlikely and remarkable coffees anywhere in the world. This is Finca Takesi Geisha, the world’s most elegant coffee cultivar grown on the world’s highest coffee farm.

Mariana Iturralde saw opportunity in this isolated region of Sud Yungas province in the Bolivian Andes where others had not. None of her neighbors had planted coffee, and conventional wisdom suggested much of the farm’s land was simply too high and too cold for coffee to thrive there.

Nevertheless, she persisted.

I am grateful she did, and everyone who loves extraordinary coffee should be, too. But don’t take my word for it: her coffee commanded the attention of our QC team and the respect of her peers during this year’s Extraordinary Coffee Competition (ECC.)

We convened our 2d annual ECC this year in Bolivia as part of our 10th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop (ECW). If ECW is like coffee’s Oscars, arguably the world’s single most exclusive gathering of coffee-growing royalty, then ECC is like coffee’s all-star game, with all those growers facing off on a truly international stage for global bragging rights. But our Direct Trade partners aren’t just the players in that all-star game, they are also the referees: they join the ECC jury as judges, and their scores are factored into the averages for the event’s biggest prizes.

Mariana and Finca Takesi were the local favorites, playing in front of a hometown crowd in the Bolivian capital of La Paz and a press corps anxious to see how its own growers stacked up against and according to the world’s best growers.

Finca Takesi Geisha did not disappoint. Complex, clean, crisp, sweet and structured, it was named Best of South America, Best of the Americas and Best of the Southern Hemisphere. It won the prestigious Sugar Cane Award for sweetest coffee, and took home the Gold Medal for the competition’s second-highest overall score.

The sensory descriptions offered by ECC judges capture the coffee’s delicate floral notes (floral, jasmine, honeysuckle, orange blossom), its fruit flavors (passion fruit, star fruit, white peach, green grape, lychee) and its relentless sweetness (wild honey, confectioner’s sugar). But my single favorite comment consisted of three words that said everything you need to know about this implausibly good coffee: “What the hell?”

It is that good.

All orders placed for this coffee by 3 pm on Tuesdays will be roasted and shipped on Wednesdays while supplies last.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.