The air up in Jaramillo is a high up in the mountains kind of wet and cold, surprisingly perfect for making the aromatics of the Geisha variety sing. Though Geisha variety coffees had been planted fitfully all over the area, it was a lot separated out from one small region on this farm that first jumped out at the cuppers who tasted Geisha in 2004.
The farm jumps up from rolling hills on its lower part to steep 40 degree inclines higher up, making harvesting a manual and challenging affair. There had been coffee planted on the lower parts of the farm – as many as 15 different sub-varieties, little hybrids out of Costa Rica and Brazil, and in 1997 the Peterson family decided to plant higher up.
It is these high altitudes that really make the Geisha’s bright, floral aromatics express themselves. With cooler temperatures and massive shade trees that have been standing for ages, it turns out that Jaramillo is the perfect place for this variety to have landed. To this day many of our top performing microlots of Geisha coffee come from little patches on the slopes of Jaramillo.