Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed
Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed

Colombia - Cerro Azul Geisha Hybrid Washed

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lavender, white flower, sugarcane, melon, sweet orange

Weight 200 grams
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Producer: Cafe Granja La Esperanza
Farm: Cerro Azul
Location: Valle del Cauca
Variety: Geisha
Process: Hybrid Washed
Altitude: 1,700 - 2,000 masl

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Café Granja La Esperanza (CGLE) is a remarkable illustration of a family’s ceaseless efforts across generations, and the consequent successes, in fostering a continuity of prosperity emanating from each of their estates to the greater, surrounding communities, which their founding patriarch and matriarch began a century ago.

Their first farm, Hacienda Potosi, is the nesting ground of a century-old love story revolving around family and coffee. It began in 1924, with a young husband and wife — Israel Correa and Carmen Rosa Vega —— acquiring the farmland in the highlands of Valle del Cauca to establish a homestead and livelihood for their growing family.

Among their 14 children, it was their daughter Blanca and her husband, Juan Antonio Herrera, who built upon their fledgling legacy by introducing new varieties Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon, and Caturra alongside the existing Typica, into its 2nd generation in the 1940s.

CGLE, as we know it now with its repertoire of prize-winning coffees, has largely been shaped by Blanca and Juan Antonio’s sons who are also the enterprise’s 3rd generation leaders, brothers Luis and Rigoberto Herrera. Their resolve and vision continue to propel their family’s dream into fruition with every lot of exquisite coffee they produce from five farms — Cerro Azul, Las Margaritas, La Esperanza, Potosi, and Hawaii — which are spread out across three mountain ranges in the Andes, at altitudes of 1,400 - 2,000 masl.

Cerro Azul is their highest altitude coffee plantation where their meticulous pursuit of cultivating Geisha and myriad rare varieties toward developing their full flavor potential ensues.

With the Herrera brothers’ unfaltering quest for quality excellence through intentional innovations in cultivating exotic varietals as well as in post-harvest processing, CGLE turns out astoundingly singular cup profiles that national and world coffee competitors frequently conquer the stage with — their most recent accolade being the World Brewers Cup Championship in 2023.

One of the earliest introductions of the Geisha variety from Panama to Colombian soil has been attributed to Rigoberto Herrera, who commenced CGLE’s Geisha growing chapter around 15 years back, when he decided to plant this highly sought-after, luxury variety in their farms, after his Panama project, La Carleida, won at the Best of Panama.

Geisha is a rare coffee variety with an extremely delicate root system that requires the perfect alignment of climatic, agronomic, and temporal factors in order to thrive and bear cherries with the level of complexity and flavor clarity coffee champions and discerning specialty coffee connoisseurs appreciate best.

While its exceptional cup quality potential has pre-eminently been recognized in association with Panama since debuting in the global luxury coffee scene in 2004, by way of the Best of Panama Auction, Geisha has also triumphantly been acclimatized to idyllic coffee-growing terrains in Colombia by the elite and progressive among specialty coffee producers, such as Café Granja La Esperanza.

To direct Cerro Azul Geisha’s cup profile towards clear and verdant sweetness balanced by a textural juiciness with sparks of citrus, interlaced with tiered florality, a Hybrid Washed post-harvest processing method was used.

Having collected only properly ripe cherries from the pickers, the cherries were manually segregated at least three more times. Sorters used visual and tactile cues to re-check the level of ripeness, and then proceeded to separate what they determined to be the good ones from the rest. Only these good, ripe cherries went into flotation, whereby floaters were removed and what remained went further into processing for two stages of fermentation and the requisite drying phase.

The whole cherries were placed in tanks which were closed but not sealed, allowing air to flow naturally, for the first stage of fermentation for 19 to 22 hours prior to de-pulping. Once de-pulped, with the adequate equipment, remarkably without the use of water, the cherries were again fermented in parchment and mucilage for another 35 hours.

Throughout fermentation, the cherries were stirred, and temperature was monitored every six hours and controlled to remain within 30°C. Samples also taken at pre-determined intervals for sensorial assessment, to ascertain whether the desired profile had been reached. Once reached, the cherries were washed.

As for the drying phase, once the coffee had been fully washed, they were dried with utmost care — temperatures being closely monitored to remain within 35°C to 45°C — using mechanical driers, for better control amid the terroir’s challenging weather conditions.

brewing guide

- Ready your brewing tools ahead.
- Keep your coffee gear and containers clean.
- Decide and adjust your grind size based on:
— Your coffee’s roast date
— Your brewing method
- Be consistent with water quality and measuring weight, ratios, and time.
- Remember!
— Let your palate help you personalize the best recipe for you.
— Brew often and have fun!

More about Brewing here.


  • COFFEE GRIND SIZE: Medium fine
  • (like table salt; 21-28 clicks in Comandante MK4 and 14-18 clicks in Timemore C2)
  • COFFEE AGE: 7-14 days, ideally
  • COFFEE DOSE: 17 grams
  • WATER WEIGHT: 255 mL
  • TARGET BREW TIME: 02:30 - 03:00


1. Heat water to 90°C-93°C

2. Arrange your brewing set-up.

— Place your dripper on the carafe & filter paper in the dripper.

— Rinse the filter paper with hot water & remove the rinsing water from the carafe.

3. Switch on your scale.

4. Measure out 17 g of coffee & grind to Medium Fine.

5. Place the carafe and dripper with the rinsed filter paper onto the scale, & tare.

6. Transfer the ground coffee to the dripper; then, tare.

7. Start the timer!

First pour to bloom, 55ml for 30 seconds.

Second pour, 100 ml at 00:30.

Third pour, the final 100ml at 01:15

8. Target to finish the brew within 02:30 to 03:00 minutes.

9. Serve & enjoy!