Gesha variety, washed process
Roasted for Victorian AeroPress Championship brewing
Please Note: This coffee roasts on Monday October 30th, for collection at the Open Cupping, or shipping the day after.
It’s not every day you get to select and roast a coffee for the state’s best brewers, so when the opportunity arose we reached out to one of our closest import partners, Caravela. They put in front of us a selection of nine coffees to cup blind, and while they were all excellent, this coffee stood out as a clear favourite.
We’re very proud to be presenting for this year’s Victorian AeroPress Championship, a washed Gesha variety selection from Ruther Quispe Farfan in Ocobamba, Peru.
Ruther Quispe took up coffee production, embracing a long-standing family tradition. His parents and grandparents had been involved in the coffee business for many years. When his grandparents initially settled in Ocobamba with intentions of growing coffee, locals expressed doubts, pointing out that the area was traditionally known for maize cultivation. They were sceptical of the idea and warned his grandparents about the challenges they might face.
However, Ruther’s grandparents were captivated by the natural beauty, the rich biodiversity, and the surrounding mountains. They were determined to give it a try and promptly started their coffee nursery. To their delight, the coffee trees grew well and became productive over the years.
Growing up, Ruther observed his family’s dedication to coffee cultivation. In 2018, he had the chance to learn from a producer who had previously won the Cup of Excellence. This experience was an eye-opener for Ruther, prompting him to become more actively involved in his parents’ farm and its operations. A year later, he realised that there was room for improvement in his coffee, and he aspired to enhance its quality. His goal was to attain recognition for his coffee one day.
From that point onwards, he started exploring and adopting better techniques, especially in fermentation and post-harvest processes. “Producing specialty coffee and working with Caravela has been a beautiful experience, because they recognize my work and pay me accordingly.” Ruther shares.
You might notice we’ve not included any tasting notes on the label – that’s your job! Happy practising, and wishing you the best of luck in having your name drawn on November 17th.