Farm: Coffea Diversa
Region: Blue Mountains
Variety: Rume Sudan
Roasting Wednesdays while supplies last. Only 15Lb Available.
*Please note all items in your cart will roast and ship together. Background Info
Not your parents Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee! A bright, silky cup. Rounded and understated with hints of caramel, plum, and Hibiscus. The cup softly fades to milk chocolate in the finish.
Gonzalo Hernandez likes to brag that he’s amassed the world’s largest private collection of coffees trees: more than two hundred species, botanical varieties, mutations and cultivars that grow on his exotic Costa Rican “coffee garden”, Coffea Diversa. His collection includes some of the rarest in the world -- coffees many have neither heard of nor tasted.
Of each variety Gonzalo has only a few trees, and his coffees are sold in small 10 kilogram bags to knowledgeable roasters and friends around the world, first come, first serve. We first visited Coffea Diversa and met Gonzalo 11 years ago, and we’ve been looking forward to sharing these ever since.
A few years ago he started in Jamaica's Blue Mountains in partnership with the Sharp Family of Clifton Mount Estate, growing a selection of his best cupping varieties from the Costa Rica farm. This farm is finally starting to produce and Paradise is one of the first roasters in the world to have an opportunity to share these coffees. This year we purchased the Rume Sudan variety. Only 20kg of this coffee was produced this year. Paradise purchased one of the (2) 10kg barrels, and this coffee is exclusive to us in the USA
Coffea Arabica is native to the highlands of Southwest Ethiopia and the neighboring Boma Plateau In South Sudan. It was here that this variety was collected in 1942 by British officers from Kenya stationed in Ethiopia and Sudan during World War 2. The Rume Sudan along with other varieties collected in southwest Ethiopia such as Dilla Algae and Dalle were brought back to Kenya and trialed there.
This variety showed resistance to Coffee Leaf Rust along with Coffee Berry Disease and good cup quality in Kenya and Tanzania. But poor yields. It has never been extensively commercialized for this reason, but has been important in coffee breeding.
The first of the varieties that Rume Sudan went into developing was the Riuri 11 hybrid in Kenya. Several of the Latest generation of F1 hybrids being planted have Rume Sudan as one of the parents. Such as H1 Centroamericano.
Rume Sudan was introduced to USDA and CATIE in Costa Rica at the same time as Geisha T.2722. USDA accession #205931. Coffea Diversa has been growing at their Costa Rica botanical garden for many years and it is one of the varieties they chose to plant at their new partner farms in Jamaica and Guatemala. Only in the past decade have commercial plantings of this variety started in limited scale. with a handful of farms around the world that currently have mature trees in production.
This variety first gained greater attention in the Specialty Coffee Industry when an example from Colombia was used to win the 2015 World Barista Championship.