Origin Story

The stewards of Finca Takesi, the Iturralde family, claim it is the highest coffee farm in the world, and we aren't arguing with them.

The farm is perched precariously in a narrow fold in the Bolivian Andes, where it clings to a steep hillside above a deep ravine cut over centuries by the rushing waters of the Takesi River below. The majestic snow-capped peak of the Mururata Mountain looms above the farm. The farm rises from the Takesi River bed to more than 3100 m, with coffee planted over 35 hectares between 1800 m - 2500 m, the upper reaches so high that conventional wisdom tells us coffee cannot grow there. The extraordinary elevation of the farm seems to intensify the flavors of all its coffees, but most especially its Geisha.

Finca Takesi's Geisha lots have made an appearance on our menu every year since 2012. This year's harvest presents flavors of candied, juicy fruit layered with the persistent sweetness and delicate florals that are a hallmark of the elegant Geisha cultivar.


Delicate floral flavors come together with soft acidity to reveal a perfectly intertwined balance of acidity and candied sweetness.

Note: This is a 7oz bag and the final roast will be on 6/16.

  • Type Special Selection
  • Country Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Flavor Profile Tropical
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Producer Mariana Iturralde
  • Region Yanacachi
  • Elevation Range 2100 masl
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2012

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the bean. For our special selection coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.

7oz of Bolivia Finca Takesi Geisha
Bolivia Finca Takesi Geisha 7oz