In this module Willem will introduce a very interesting experiment with the Geisha variety. Finca Sofia is a joint venture between the Boot family and Northern California-based Equator Coffee. Finca Sofia is situated in Panama at an extremely high elevation, 2000-2100 meters above sea level. This farm grows only the Geisha variety. This module will help you understand the parameters a coffee farmer should consider when planting coffee as well as how a coffee plant develops in different climate conditions.

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Intro into Finca Sofia (3:24)

In this video Willem introduces Finca Sofia.

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Geisha’s Home (4:08)

Willem explains how the elevation and different parameters influence the growth and development of the Geisha coffee plant.

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Experimental Micro Climates (6:29)

Willem introduces the micro-climates in Finca Sofia and explains the effect of these micro climates on the Geisha coffee plant.

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Geisha Resistance (2:18)

Is geisha naturally coffee rust resistance the micro-climates in Finca Sofia and explains the effect of these micro climates on the Geisha coffee plant.

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Green tip, bronz tip Geisha plant… which one is the best? (2:03)

Is geisha naturally coffee rust resistance the micro-climates in Finca Sofia and explains the effect of these micro climates on the Geisha coffee plant.

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Erosion Prevention and Nitrogen Fixing Plants (2:03)

Willem will explains erosion prevention strategies and introduces Igeria, the nitrogen fixing castor bean tree.

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Slow growth and thoughts on the hormonal system of the coffee tree (2:37)

Willem explains the benefits and challenges of the slow maturing of coffee cherries at high elevation and the influence of the hormonal system of the coffee tree for the healthy development.

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Terraces on Finca Sofia (0:56)

Interesting way of planting coffee on steep hills. Willem will show you terrace system on Finca Sofia, Panama.

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