Origin Story

We have been sourcing organic coffee from members of Mexican cooperative CEPCO since 2002. Historically, that has meant sourcing the elegant Bourbon and Typica cultivars they grow in the shade of multi-story forest canopies across the rugged mountains of Oaxaca. When the coop raised Geisha seedlings and distributed them to members six years ago, we began working with them on plans to separate their Geisha production from the other varieties they grow. This lot represents the culmination of those efforts, our first smallholder Geisha lot from members of the CEPCO cooperative, but almost certainly not our last.

  • Country Mexico
  • Flavor Profile Apple + Raw Sugar
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Mexico
  • Producer smallholder growers
  • Region Oaxaca
  • Elevation Range 1400-1700 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method patio shade-dried
  • Harvest February - April 2023
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2002

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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    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.