Farm: Ninety Plus Gesha Estates
Altitude: 1400-1800 MASL
Production Method: Washed
Product Notes: Ninety Plus places emphasis on coffee cherry processing, which is what they attribute to be the most important element toward producing great coffee. They have made an art out of working on the processing side and consider themselves 'coffee makers' rather than producers. Ninety Plus has created the Makers program which unites the best baristas and roasters in the world with their farming and processing teams to form an interdisciplinary best coffee production team in the world. This particular Gesha comes from the Ninety Plus Gesha Estate in Panama, which is situated on 182 hectares (449 acres) with one third being mature forest. The farm is sited on a unique strip of land bridging the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. The weather generated from both sides creates an incredible diversity of habitats and microclimates as the winds converge from both oceans. There is one large river and two smaller ones – all of them pristine. Nestled close to the biggest volcano in the country this farm benefits from high elevations of 1400-1800 meters producing great coffee. After being carefully grown and picked, the cherries from the Lotus lot undergo a proprietary fermentation method called, Hot Fermentation. The cherries are placed in a low temperature-controlled room to lengthen fermentation for more flavor.