GESHA: Guatemala AProCafé

Each year, around the holidays, we love to roast, brew & serve up something a little extra-special that bursts with floral & fruity goodness. And, this year, our partners from the AProCafé el Grano Growers Association on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala are joining the party!

AProCafé, the association behind familiar HUCK coffees like Atitlán el Grano, Don Zabala & Doña Lucinda, is one of Huck’s longest, most hands-on sourcing relationships. We got the smallest, sneak peek taste of their Gesha from the group last year -- it was so tasty that we have been waiting patiently ever since! 2021 is the first harvest that’s big enough to share with you.

Most of the coffees from AProCafé skew towards sweet chocolate with pops of subtle fruit -- this Gesha is a bit of a curveball. The first few sips taste of delicious yellow plum and lemon cream, with subtle florals and pastry-like sweetness rounding out the rest of the cup.

Gesha (or sometimes Geisha, depending on who you ask) is a coffee variety native to Western Ethiopia, but it’s become famous in Latin America. Starting with the 2004 Panama Cup of Excellence, Gesha has been winning national coffee and international barista competitions ever since, thanks to its intense floral and citrus flavors.

While there’s no shortage of established farms producing great examples of this variety, and we certainly could have gone Gesha hunting, this Gesha speaks to something foundational to HUCK’s larger mission -- it’s important for us to seek out special coffees from within existing partnerships. Each year a portion of our Sister Winter Blend sales goes back directly to AProCafé, and a few years ago, some of those dollars helped the group purchase its first Gesha seeds. Four years later, we’re tasting the fruits of those seeds, plus plenty of dedicated work from Aprocafé and some careful roasting here in Denver, CO.

Each year we’re excited for growth with AProCafé, and this Gesha makes that relationship even sweeter, and significantly more floral. Invest in people!

Extras!

  • This Aprocafé Gesha won't be around for long, but while it is, we're offering it as a two-pack with Israel Hernandez's same variety from Colombia right here.
  • And since this fancy coffee is part of a larger sourcing relationship with AProCafé, and we think tasting multiple coffees from the same folks is a good time, we'll give you 15% off any size bag of Atitlán el Grano or Don Pedro you pick up at the same time as AProCafé Gesha! Use code APROGESHA at checkout for the deal.

Pictured: Lake Atitlán in all its majesty, plus AProCafé co-directors Isaias Ixcamparic and Pedro Izaias Gonzales with some very young gesha plants back in 2018!



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