A specialty coffee roastery based in the Van Nelle Factory located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Van Nelle Factory once used to be the biggest coffee roastery in the country, quite rare to find a pre-WWII building in Rotterdam, let alone it being a coffee roastery, let alone one that is a listed UNESCO World Heritage monument.
Competing in many coffee competitions, founder Rob Clarijs has been on the winner’s podium of quite a handful, with the crowning achievement of winning Coffee Masters London 2019.
Innovation and sustainability are what make today good and tomorrow better. Direct trading with suppliers, developing long-lasting products while giving attention to circularity, waste-reduction and inspire others to do so too. Roasted on a Loring S35 Kestrel, one of the most energy efficient coffee roasters around.
What a stunner coffee from Gustavo Acevedo, brought to us by our good friend Herrbert, who also brought us the banging 004, 013 and it won’t be the last coffee he has supplied us with. We met Herrbert, one of the initiators of LaREB, at the Danish Coffee Festival early 2020 and we became buddies. After our first meeting in Denmark we planned on meeting again soon, either in Colombia or the Netherlands. Herrbert finally visited the roastery in Spring 2022, where we cupped dozens of coffees and of course had pizza. One of the coffees we cupped was this one and it was love at first sight.
Gustavo, now 70 years old, is a neighbour to Ana Mustafá, you may remember her from our 004 coffee and also, she’s Herrberts other half. He comes from a true coffee farming family and he’s a 5th generation coffee farmer. Gustavo approaches all of his work in an empirical way, meaning he’ll learn from his mistakes and replicate something when it works, while applying chemistry and science to all of his work to prove, check and replicate.
It’s not the first time we say this is a favourite, but seriously, this coffee gave us chills. It’s so elegant, delicate and floral, but has such a pronounced orange citric fruit tone overall.
If you don’t know what Geisha is, Google it. If you know what Geisha is, this coffee will far from disappoint. This coffee is A Matter Of Concrete's pick for the preliminary competitions (early October ’22) for the Dutch Barista Championships 2023.
Elegant, Delicate & Extremely Clean / Orange Peel / Mandarin / Floral Bouquet
About 5 years ago Gustavo’s daughter Deisy brought Gesha seeds from her trip to Panama and Gustavo started producing Geisha for the first time last year. After manual harvesting of mature cherries, the cherries are pulped, fermented for 72 hours and washed afterwards. After this the parchment is dried in the shade first and then in the full sun.