Release #17: El Guayabal Gesha 2020

    Jesus Miguel Sabag Javier is a coffee producer whose farm, Finca El Guayabal, is located in the Mexican department of Veracruz, north of Oaxaca and adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. Veracruz is one of the oldest coffee producing areas in all of Mexico, coffee trees are thought to have been well established on colonial plantations in the region by the late 1700’s.

    El Guayabal is named for the guava trees that Jesus’ father cultivated on the land before deciding to plant coffee. After inheriting the farm from his parents, Jesus was initially focused on the production of sugar cane and conventional coffee, but decided to shift his focus for the farm two years ago when he became aware of the higher earning potential that specialty coffee production offers to his family.

    When first added to Passenger’s menu in 2020, this delightful gesha variety selection from Jesus’ farm was one of the very first specialty coffees to be exported to the States from Finca El Guayabal. It was an auspicious start to say the least, and, given the equally impressive quality of the 2021 El Guayabal Gesha, the future looks bright indeed.

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

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