In a Bredda first and certainly a dream come true, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee from Coffea Diversa!
Gonzalo Hernandez has been surrounded by coffee culture his entire life, growing up in Costa Rica where coffee was an integral part of the economy he found himself drinking and loving coffee from the very young age of six. In the 1980s, he studied agronomic engineering and started to work at a bank providing loans to small coffee farmers. His relationship with coffee continued to grow once he finished his studies in the US and began to work at a retail coffee chain called Gloria Jean’s which enabled him to experience the customer-facing side of the coffee industry.
In 2011, Gonzalo founded Coffea diversa, which are gardens that grow over 600+ unique and rare coffee varietals, with Costa Rica as the main garden. These gardens provides value by offering an attractive coffee portfolio with a unique approach to coffee production. Gonzalo and his team fix the terroir – soil, altitude, rain patterns, temperature – and plant different botanical variants with other genetic profiles. Thus, while maintaining the same terroir, Coffea Diversa will test the difference in taste profiles caused by genetic variations.
In 2014, he collaborated with the Sharp Brothers, Richard and Jason by creating a coffee garden in the heart of the Jamaica Blue Mountains. This unique place grows different varieties of Blue Mountain Coffee, including Geisha, Laurina, Dilla Algue, Mokka, Bourbon Longberry, Maragogype 928, Yellow Montecristo etc.
Of the many varietals grown in the garden only 18 are commercially sold, one of these is the Sudan Rume which we are able to share with you today! A really interesting coffee with notes of mango, cardamom and rosehip tea!