Verve Coffee Roasters Brumas del Zurquí Natural Gesha

So I'm a bit of a coffee snob. I won't drink instant unless I have too and I get annoyed by the mostly American habit of putting large amounts of milk (or worse non-dairy creamers) and sugar in coffee. My wife explained it to me. Americans got used to the taste of dark roasted (aka bitter) coffee with the cream and sugar make to make it more palatable. If only they would try a lighter -- more flavorful -- roast without all the stuff in it. Sigh! I did say I am a snob.

I've drunk light roasted Ethiopian coffees -- Harrar and Yirgacheffe -- almost daily for several years. I love the subtle berry flavours. I'm not a coffee expert, but I do enjoy a good cup and can tell my Harrar from my Yirgacheffe and my Sumatra from my Jamaican. And I always brew in a French Press.

Recently I started reading about Gesha. Gesha is a type of coffee bean that is grown and harvested in South America but which has origins in Ethiopia. Not many beans are collected, and as a result, Gesha is both hard to find and expensive.


So I was excited that Verve recently offered Brumas del Zurquí Natural Gesha for sale. I ordered an 8oz tin right away. Good thing too, as the Brumas del Zurquí Natural Gesha is sold out. The beans were grown in the San Francisco de Heredia region of Costa Rica by Juan Ramon Alvarado.

I have never done cupping. I don't know the "right" words to describe how this coffee tastes. I'll try it anyway. It is a smooth, light, bright and enjoyable cup of coffee.

Quenepa or Guinep

The quenepa is a tree-grown fruit found in a gigantic swath of the tropics: From Florida to Mexico it grows, and across the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is my favourite fruit, by far, because it is a bit like candy. That is why kids adore it, as do virtually all adults who grew up with it, as I did in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Julio Ojeda-Zapata

In the English-speaking Caribbean aka British West Indies where I grew up this fruit is known as guinep; a tasty treat sold at the market. On weekends my mom would return from her shopping trip with a bunch. My brothers and I would eat the bunch as quickly as they were handed to us. The last time I ate guinep was in 1998 in Antigua.