Origin Story

This tiny lot of Geisha was grown by Efrén Armando Rodríguez Badilla on his farm in the El Congo district, in the hills high above Santa María de Dota. It was honey-processed by the team at COOPEDOTA, which has been actively promoting exotic varieties like Geisha and helping us separate and source them from individual farms for the past eight seasons. It has a honeyed sweetness, flavors of apricot, pear, and orange, and reminds us of Earl Grey tea, with pronounced notes of bergamot.


This coffee's delicate Geisha qualities is a pleasant balance in sweetness, with dried fruit and honey to round out the subtle bergamot aftertaste.

  • Country Costa Rica
  • Flavor Profile Tropical
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Costa Rica
  • Producer Efren Armando Rodríguez Badilla
  • Region Santa María de Dota
  • Elevation Range 1850 m
  • Processing Method Honey
  • Drying Method raised bed shade-dried
  • Harvest February - March 2023
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2005

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 ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com.

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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Costa Rica El Congo Geisha 12oz
Costa Rica El Congo Geisha