Guatemala Monte de Oro Natural Gesha (pre-order)
Tastes Like: Blackberry, Strawberry, Jasmine
This coffee will roast and ship on April 7th.
Monte de Oro sits in the volcanically active and fertile region of Acatenango, within eyeshot and earshot of the constant minor eruptions at Volcan del Fuego. Mario Rene Alarcón and his son Mario Ricardo Alarcón manage the 24 hectare farm. Mario Jr., who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, designed the wet mill and innovative processing techniques, also managing quality control and marketing for the farm, while Don Mario manages agronomy and their small staff of workers.
The majority of the farm is planted with Caturra, the oldest trees clocking 42 years, with smaller amounts of Gesha and Maracaturra. Their first Gesha trees were planted only 5 or 6 years ago, directly from Panama Gesha seed stock. Most Gesha grown in Guatemala comes from Costa Rican seeds, and they believe this direct lineage to Panama could contribute to the high quality of Monte de Oro’s Gesha. Since Gesha can be a delicate plant they have grafted many of their Gesha trees onto Robusta stems. This technique takes advantage of the large Robusta rootstock for improved plant resilience while having no effect on the quality and cup characteristics. This type of grafting can also be risky. Every 6 - 8 years the trees are stumped to encourage new growth. If the stem is cut below the graft a Robusta tree will grow in its place, so workers must be well-trained on proper stumping. This year’s crop is only the second year they’ve produced exportable quantities of Gesha.
Producer: Mario Rene Alarcón Aguilar