Gesha Honey - Jose Argüello


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Impressions: red grapes, pine nuts, cherry, caramel
Roast degree: 2/5

Country: Mexico
Region: La Concordia, Chiapas

Farm: Finca Santa Cruz
Producer: Jose Argüello
Varietal: Gesha
Process: honey
Partner importer: La Nacional

This coffee is delightful and complex, and for good reason: Jose is a master at processing coffee. He even won the Cup of Excellence 3 times in row because of skill set.

Harvested during a Full Moon to maximize sugar content, it's followed by a 72h fermentation, in a controlled yeast environment using Sacharomyces Cereviceae.
Jose then closely monitor drying, starting with 3 days in full sun, followed by 22 days on African raised beds.
Finally, the coffee will rest in a stable environment (stabilization period) for 25 days before being vacuum sealed.

The Argüello Enríquez family are the owners of Finca Santa Cruz, located near the Biósfera del Triunfo reserve, at 1400 to 1700 MASL.

It was 4 years ago when José Argüello, the youngest family member, decided to produce Specialty Coffee to demonstrate Mexico's capability of providing great coffee to the world, as well as the ability to compete with the world's best coffees out there. 

In 2018 they created a protocol which was replicated in 2019 and went on to compete at Mexico's Excellence Cup contest. They won 1st place with a score of 93.04 for its natural Geisha. This marks the highest score in the history of Mexico COE. José Argüello is married to Berenice Coutiño Ruiz and they have three kids: Emilio, José Manuel and Federico.

Farm: Finca Santa Cruz
Farmer: Jose Argüello
Importer: La Nacional
Exportation: Joint effort between Jose and La Nacional

Price paid for the landed coffee at our roastery: 72CAD$/kg of green coffee (+3CAD/lb for shipping)

FOB Price paid by La Nacional: 50,88USD/KG

In this situation, this is also the price paid to Jose who handled all the processing and logistics up to the point where the coffee is at a facility, ready for export.

FOB, or Freight on board, means the price paid to account for all the cost prior to the coffee being safe inside either a boat, or in this case, a truck.

An FOB price can mean very little, especially if the producer isn’t in charge or involved in the export process.

Why? If the coffee is sold from the farmer to a mill, and the mill sells to an exporter, etc, it becomes difficult to know if the farmer was adequately compensated.

Jose was paid 50,88USD/kg, and he is the one who dictated the price based on his various cost (cost of production and labour at the farm, processing equipment, fertilizers, costs of living, transportation, etc.) something that, shockingly, is still not the norm in coffee.

Jose and family make a decent living while reinvesting heavily on new processing experiments and equipment. But they also reinvest a lot to make sure that farm workers have great living conditions and wages.

Sadly, not many farmers can have that much control over the price they receive, but we are grateful that Jose and his family have a bigger say in what they can ask for their hard work. Also grateful to have La Nacional working ethically and transparently with both producers and roasters.

Jose's gesha honey are amazing because they bring forward a lot of amazing qualities from the varietal like flowers and delicacy, but also some bold tasting notes like pine nuts and caramel.

This gives a pleasant mix of complexity and familiarity, and those coffees are amongst our favourite profiles to offer.

On top of some floral tone and high sweetness, this coffee is full of ripe red and purple fruits like grape, cherry and plum.

This is our 4th and last coffee from Jose this season ;-)

Method Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 18 g 2.2:1 30-35 sec
Espresso with milk 18g 2:1 32-35 sec
Americano 18 g 2.3:1 30-35 sec


23 g 17:1 3:30-4:00 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 16:1 4:15-5:30 min

 French Press

18-25 g 16:1 3:45 min steep time

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