José Alarcón and Zobeida Coronel moved to San José el Alto in 1976 with their four young children to start a fledgling coffee farm. Both the family and the farm have grown over the past 46 years, and today Finca La Palestina is something altogether unique — a sprawling residential compound that is home to three generations of the Alarcón Coronel clan, and a vast coffee farm worked collectively by members of a farming family focused on quality. This year marked the first Geisha harvest at La Palestina.

  • Country Peru
  • Flavor Profile Tropical
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Peru
  • Producer Alarcón Family
  • Region San José del Alto, Jaén
  • Elevation Range 1640-1980 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Harvest June-July 2022
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2016

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.