Specialty Coffee refers to high quality coffee varieties and is linked to all aspects of the coffee chain from the farmer to the barista. It includes heirloom varieties of the coffee plant that have often been cultivated for many generations combined with excellent growing conditions and care. In other words, it’s not your grandmother’s cup of Folgers (no offense to grandma or Folgers). A green coffee is designated “specialty coffee” based on an 80+ cupping score (out of a 100 point scale), which differentiates specialty coffee from commodity coffee. The primary goal of specialty coffee, from seed to cup, is quality and character. You can find more information at the Specialty Coffee Association here.
Finca El Dorado has four varieties of organic specialty coffee: Geisha Verde, Geisha Amarillo, SL-28, and Wush Wush.
It’s interesting to note that Geisha is also known as Gesha. As reported in the Daily Coffee News, the origin of Gesha is believed to be in Ethiopia, and “While there is no Geisha Mountain in Ethiopia, there is a place called Gesha, typically pronounced more like GEH-shah than GAY-shah.”
Finca El Dorado was founded in 2017, and after years of preparation, we are pleased to have had our inaugural harvest in June 2021 qualify for entry to the international Cup of Excellence in Ecuador. Our exceptional beans can be found and purchased through the contact page of our website.
We are located in a unique area in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador, nestled between mountainous slopes of the Andes, which are frequented most afternoons by a dense fog that reaches from the Pacific.
FInca El Dorado is committed to having a positive impact on the local environment. In addition to using only organic farming practices, we run the farm honoring both the local Indigenous practices of cultivating coffee coupled with biodynamic and permaculture principles. We’re committed to the integrity of the soil and surrounding ecosystem to ensure that it’s healthy today and for the next seven generations.
We are committed to being culturally sensitive and having a respectful relationship with the land and the surrounding community in several ways. First, we are providing steady employment and housing when needed. Next, we have a circular relationship with the farm workers, where we learn farming practices from each other: both the techniques of the region from the local farmers, as well as sharing techniques from other farming systems, such as biodynamic and permaculture. Finally, as the company begins to profit from our harvest, we look forward to financially supporting community-driven goals.
Finca El Dorado is currently working through the organic certification processes in various regions and countries.