GESHA RED HONEY is produced by a small coffee-growing farm called FINCA LA JULIA.
La Julia is a coffee farm located in the mountains of the small rural town of Trujillo, Valle del Cauca between 1420 and 1700 meters above sea level, surrounded by forests, watersheds, and biodiversity.
La Julia cultivates varietals and produces high-quality specialty and estate coffees.
Finca La Julia is owned by two siblings, the second generation of coffee growers, Niko and Karo. Their father, Octavio, built La Julia in the 90s, with Angela’s, their mother, constant support.
After the passing of their father in 2002, Niko took on the baton in 2005. Karo moved back to Colombia, after living abroad for several years, and they started building on La Julia. Their mother backed their project up. The new JULIA was starting…
In 2006 La Julia got their first 2 Rainforest Alliance Certification. Consequently, this convinced them that this was how they wanted to produce their coffee.
Niko and Karo are deeply committed to sustainable practices.
Besides coffee, at La JULIA you can find banana and plantain among the coffee fields and areas of native forest, hiking trails, and watersheds that Julia preserves. When coffee fields are being renovated, seasonal corn or beans are planted. You can also find incredible fruit trees including guava, papaya, guanabana, avocado, orange, mandarin, and lemon.
GESHA RED HONEY PROCESS
One of the most important and sensitive steps to produce specialty coffees is the process. La Julia’s aim is to have a mass with a minimum average of 24-30 Brix grades in order to have enough sugars to develop the fermentation really well. It starts by selecting and carefully handpicking in the field. Once the pickers arrive at their site with the ripest cherries from the lot, the floating process starts. In this step, the cherries are placed in a tank with water to take out the non-dense coffee cherries and coffee tree leaves that starts floating.
After floating, the process continues by hand sorting beans in raised beds before the fermentation process. In hand sorting, the unripe/partial unripe and overripe cherries are separated.
FERMENTATION & DRYING
Once the perfect cherries are obtained, the anaerobic fermentation process is started by putting the coffee cherries inside of GrainPro Bags with no air or oxygen, and placing the bags in tanks with cold fresh water at 16-20°C for 24 hours. After this step, the coffee is taken out of the bags to remove the coffee shell and to put it in tanks for the Aerobic fermentation process with a minimum amount of cold fresh water for another 48 hours.
In this Red Honey process, the fermented coffee is placed on raised beds for 3-5 days to drain, then on the mechanical drier for 24-36hr to do quick dehydration (32-34°C) (the drier is turn on about 12hr per day), and finally the coffees go to the sun Drying Station, controlling airflow and shadow in order to monitor a temperature below 30-38°C.
The drying time takes between 20 to 25 days.
After the coffee is dried, it goes again into GrainPro bags for 30-60 days for stabilization purposes. The next step is then milling, electronic sorting, and hand sorting for packaging.
The anaerobic/aerobic process that La Julia uses, allows them to emphasize the great characteristics that you can find in our Geisha Red Honey coffee beans.
The floral and lemongrass smell and taste, red fruits, tangerine, panela, caramel, delicate long residual, good acidity, and the particularly sweet and citric flavors, are all highlighted with this process.