El Salvador

La Divina

Honeysuckle / Rose / Juicy

Bean Details

Variety: Gesha

Process: Washed

Producer: Roberto Ulloa

Country: El Salvador

Region: Ilamatepec, Santa Ana

Altitude: 1,800MASL

Roast Profile: Medium



This limited edition washed processed gesha comes from 2020 CoE winning farm, La Divina. Gesha is a highly sought-after variety due to its unique flavor profile. Originally from Ethiopia, gesha is now grown in other producing countries too, as this Salvadoran one. Gesha is a low yield coffee variety that requires a very particular set of conditions between nutrition and climate to grow to its potential.

This gesha has a dense, full body packed with aromatic notes such as rose and honeysuckle, and juicy mouthfeel with lingering aftertaste. Recommended for filter methods, try 15:1 water to coffee ratio to start. Enjoy slowly to discover how the flavor layers change as the coffee temperature cools down.

This is our second year bring coffee from La Divina. Roberto Ulloa is a fourth-generation coffee producer with solid technical coffee farming skills due to his degree in agronomy, and great passion for quality coffee. Hence, it is no surprise that coffees from La Divina have been endorsed several times being in top ten Cup of Excellence, and recently winning first place in the 2020 CoE for El Salvador, with three lots in the top 10 places of the event.

The story of La Divina farm is remarkable. With great vision for specialty coffee and an unwavering commitment, Roberto has done an incredible job of reviving La Divina coffee farm since he purchased it in 2007. About half of the 145 acres had been abandoned for nearly three decades, and over the years Roberto has been bringing the farm back up to production. La Divina today is planted with Kenyan (SL-28), Gesha, Red Bourbon, and Pacamara. Most of bourbon was lost to leaf rust (‘roya’ in Spanish) when the disease reached epidemic levels in 2013-14, Roberto has been replanting the lost areas since and particularly increasing areas dedicated to his favorite Kenyan variety. Roberto has built his own micro-mill on the farm to have control over the quality of processing to preserve all flavor characteristics of the crop. All beans are handpicked, and sun-dried on raised beds. La Divina provides permanent employment for 15-20 people year-round, and during picking season October through Ferbruary, some 40 to 60 pickers are needed.

La Divina is located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, near the three volcanos Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana and overlooking a large crater lake, Lago de Coatepeque. The region of Apaneca-Ilamatepec is known for its fantastic conditions for growing coffee due to its cool micro-climate and rich volcanic soils. The mountain slopes are covered in lush forest providing crucial habitat for migrating birds and fauna, and fertile volcanic soil has been generated throughout various eruptions. Unique, cool micro-climate in the region is created when the warm air from the Pacific Ocean collides with the high peaks of the Volcanoes Park. Coffee is a shade loving plant and the mist surrounding this region reduces the amount of sunlight the coffee trees receive, which helps to improve the ripening process which ultimately impact the aroma, sweetness, acidity and flavor in the final brew.

Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range was declared as biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2007 as it is home to several unique volcanoes, hosts important ecosystems for conservation and has highly diverse habitat. Most of the existing forest covering these mountains are associated with shade-grown coffee production, hence supporting this type of agroforestry has an incredible positive impact on the region in preserving the nature and in providing economic opportunities.