Evelia Maria Honey Gesha has made a triumphant return to our menu, with its pomegranate acidity, rose hip florals, and endearing “old-vine” character. In fact, this Panamanian classic has more triumphant returns than the Star Wars series. Originally, the farm was among the first used to test the disease resistant Gesha cultivar. Over the course of 40 years, it became overgrown and underused until, in 2009, the shrubs were stumped in hopes of reigniting the variety’s inherently nuanced deliciousness. This bold strategy paid off, and we are honored to serve this North American exclusive so rich in history and flavor.
So close is the farm “Jurutungo” - meaning “A place very far away and hard to get to” - to the Costa Rican border, that my phone connected to a Costa Rican wireless network whilst walking through its rows of Gesha, Caturra and Catuai trees.
In the seventies, Jurutungo was a freshly planted farm of Caturra, Catuai and a modest hectare of a rust-resistant experimental variety called Gesha. Gesha was introduced to Panama by way of the Costa Rican Coffee Research Institute, to whom seeds - among which was Gesha - were distributed from the Ethiopian Coffee Mission of 1964. It wouldn’t be until 2003, that the true potential of Gesha would be discovered at the nearby Hacienda La Esmerelda.
Jurutungo was passed down from Evelia Maria Gallardo to her daughter Daphne and son-in-law Alejandro who engaged the talents of Panamenian producer-extraordinaire, Graciano Cruz. Beginning in 2009, the team took over the overgrown farm and reinvigorated the land by stumping the existing trees and allowing them to regrow. The result; the rebirth of some of the world’s oldest gesha trees on one of the highest farms in Panama.
A North American exclusive offering, Evelia Maria Honey Gesha celebrates “old-vine” character and terroir of one of the most intriguing farms we’ve come across to date.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.