Origin Story

This lot was grown at Finca Chelín, high in the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca, by Enrique López, a celebrated grower who is among the most experimental coffee farmers in our entire Direct Trade network. It is a single-varietal Geisha, but chances are it won’t taste quite like the last Geisha you tasted. That’s because it is what Enrique calls a “hydronatural natural” lot. Like other naturals, it was dried in the fruit. Unlike other naturals, its slow, four-week drying cycle was interrupted by an overnight soak in cold water at the end of day three. The combination of the coffee’s Geisha genetics, Finca Chelín’s exceptional terroir, and Enrique’s creative processing make this coffee unlike any other Geisha — or any natural — you will taste this year.

  • Type Special Selection
  • Country Mexico
  • Flavor Profile Tropical
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Mexico
  • Producer Enrique López
  • Region Candelaria Loxicha, Sierra Sur de Oaxaca
  • Elevation Range 1600 m
  • Processing Method Washed hydronatural
  • Drying Method raised bed shade-dried
  • Harvest January - April 2023
  • 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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