Introducing the Queen of Beans: Geisha Project by Spirit Animal

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Honduras is a land of great potential. It proved time and again to know how to put itself back on its feet after massive catastrophes. The last trial was hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Coffee has been a key contributor to the country’s GDP. But despite their quality, Honduran beans have been mostly destined for the commercial-grade market. This under-labeling happened because local buyers deceived farmers about their coffee’s true worth. Farmers themselves smuggled their coffee into neighboring countries, where the beans could snatch a few pennies more.





With the recent advent of direct trade and the Cup of Excellence auctions, things took a better turn. Our farmers proved to grow the most delicate and exquisite coffee cultivars. Our San Ramon and Bourbon scored 90+ points on the cupping scale.

Honduras showed to the world that their coffees are worth playing in the A-league.

But there was one variety that has been missing in our shady micro-lots. The Queen of Beans. Her royal highness, Geisha.

So what is the ultimate goal behind the Geisha project?

Growing Geisha is difficult, but it can be rewarding. Not just for the plant variety, but the whole coffee farming system in Honduras.

Our coffee farms here are small-scale, family-run businesses. Most of them own fewer than two hectares of land. This makes a perfect base to grow specialty coffee, which calls for a boutique approach. But it comes with a downside. Our farmers don’t generate enough profits to invest in improving infrastructure and quality processes. When crises hit, there’s no golden parachute for them to rely on.

The government and the Honduran Institute for Coffee (IHCAFE) are doing all they can. But it’s not enough.

By introducing Geisha, we want to create an important revenue stream that will allow our farmers to invest more in improving all of their coffees—not just Geisha. We’ll also invest a considerable part from the sales of our other Spirit Animal coffees into building the project.

Do you have what it takes?

From a climate perspective, it couldn’t be a better match. Honduras’ soil is rich. The amount of rainfall is just right. Our coffee lots are protected by shades of surrounding trees, high up in the mountains. A perfect spot for Geisha.

Let’s be clear. We’re not aiming to produce the same Geisha coffee as our friends over in Panama or Colombia.

Geisha is a plant variety. As such, it adapts to the micro-climate of its surroundings. It will still be delicate and fruity, but it will bring out different nuances. The land, the minerals, the air, and the trees will stir a new story in our Geisha.

How can I be part of the Geisha project?

The first batch of our Geisha will be available 2023. You can head over to our e-store and try out the Geisha which we currently sourced from our friends in Santander, Colombia. This coffee comes from the exact same lot where we sourced the seeds to grow our Honduran Geisha cultivar. By buying this current batch, you will automatically get on top of the waiting list of our first Honduran harvest. It will be super-limited, so why not get yourself a head start?

FAQS

I saw you’re starting your own Geisha project. Why?

Growing Geisha is challeinging, but it’s worth it. Not just for its flavor, but for the virtuous cycle that it creates across the coffee farm. We explain in detail what we aim to bring in one of our articles.

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I saw you’re starting to grow Geisha. Will it taste the same as the Colombian or the Panama one?

Like any plant, Geisha adapts to the surrounding micro-climate. Our Geisha will still be delicate and milky, but it will bring out different nuances. It will tell a new story.

More info here

I saw you’re launching a new project: growing your Geisha.
How can I order it?

It’s nice to hear we have one more fan. Our first batch will be ready in 2023. But we’ve cooked something up to keep you busy in the meantime. Want to see what it is?

Sure!