In Greek mythology, Gea (pronounced hay-uh) is the goddess of the Earth and the mother of all creation. Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) exporter Becamo created this regional blend from the coffees of more than 400 women producers and gave it a name that, it says, “embodies the determined spirit of women."
Women producers — whether because a partner has passed away or migrated, or out of a pure passion for coffee — absolutely seize the opportunities that coffee presents, say our colleagues at Becamo. They rise before dawn to care for children and elders and tend to housekeeping, all before heading to the fields. Women also create opportunities and resources for one another, lend a hand during harvest, offer advice and bring notable attention to the details in their drying and milling.
Per Becamo: “Women have also shown their ability to take a rough patch of land and turn it into a successful coffee farm, in part by planting timber and fruit alongside coffee crops, to increase shade and soil moisture and to encourage microclimates that bring complexity and quality to the cup.” This coffee acknowledges and pays tribute to their work.
Honduras Gea Organic is a washed coffee sourced from women producers in Lempira, Ocotepeque, Intibuca, Copan, La Paz, El Paraíso and Comayagua. Their farms are at altitudes between 1,100 and 1,650 meters, and they use drying practices that include patios, solar dryers and raised beds.
This means some Gea coffees are NKG Bloom coffees and some are not; please clarify with your trader if you'd like to ensure you're purchasing Gea NKG Bloom Organic.
RMC was established in 2015 to support coffee families through the process of recovering from the rust epidemic. It paired producers with agronomists who, in part, shared best practices on plant nutrition, pest control, tissue management and the preparation of bio-fertilizers. Through NKG Bloom, those services have been expanded and paired with access to financing, market information, and further agronomy and business trainings among other benefits.
Cupping notes: Caramel, almond, toffee, apple, apricot; smooth body, juicy acidity.