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Arrived December 20th, 2021 to Calgary Warehouse in Calgary, AB

Forward purchased 4 x 15kg boxes of Finca Deborah 'Illumination' Washed CM Geisha


Finca Deborah is an absolutely gorgeous coffee farm in the Los Pozos micro-region of Volcan, Panama. It is one of the most awarded coffee farms on the planet, having significant success in all World Coffee Competitions - Finca Deborah is the home to the only Geisha to have ever won the World Barista Championship, Berg Wu in 2016.

Jamison Savage and his family are the ones to thank for the wonders of Finca Deborah. The farm starts at 1900 meters and climbs to over 2000. The rainforest canopy, dense cloud coverage and a vision for natural and bio-dynamic agriculture leads way to one of the most stunning terroirs the coffee world has known.

Master of the details, Jamison is also known for meticulous processing and a vast array of styles. Each process has it's own title, giving it sex-appeal beyond the finer details. You can find a full catalog of Deborah coffees here. Jamison is said to be one of the first producers to utilize carbonic maceration processing technique in the world of coffee - an innovation brought upon his deep and immense appreciation for the world of wine.

Forward has a working relationship with Jamison and Finca Deborah dating back to 2017. Our founder Cole used a Deborah coffee, Illumination, to win the Canadian Barista Championship in 2018.

Illumination is a classic washed carbonic maceration. To Jamison, this means that the cherries are harvest perfectly ripe, reading 21 - 24 BRIX. They're hand selected, then pulped, with the results going into a stainless steel tank for an extended period of time, monitoring PH, temperature and CO2. Once the targets are met, the coffee is placed in shaded raised beds, where it will remain away from UV light until ideal moisture levels are achieved.

You'll find a very complex cup profile, with florals, citrus and stonefruit qualities like you'd never believe. This coffee yells out with perfumed notes, shows immense balance between sweetness and acidity, and will leave your mouth watering. It's a perfect coffee for a pour over feature and will also showcase beautifully for a competition.

Price Forward paid per kilogram: $135 USD FOB 
Process: 'Illumination' Washed CM
Producer: Jamison Savage / Savage Coffees
Total kilos purchased: 60kg 
Harvest date: February / March 2021
Fermentation: Pulped and fermented in stainless steel tanks for an extended period with constant monitoring of PH, temperature and CO2.
Drying time: Over two weeks in shaded raised beds.
Drying temperature: 24°C Max. - 11°C Min.  
Altitude: 1900 masl
Region: Los Pozos, Volcan, Panama

All cupping results are derived from blind cupping sessions and adhere to SCA cupping standards.

Our sensory team comprises calibrated, certified Q graders and/or individuals who have excelled in competitions.