I got up this morning at 6 am with nervous anticipation. Daniel was picking me up around 7 and then we were going to the farm to watch the auction. This year’s crop production was down because it was hit by some high winds, but there was also a new part of the farm that was producing enough to be sold as a separate lot for the first time, so there was a lot of excitement around that.
We got to the house and had a quick breakfast, then it was short walk to the office. The auction began at 8:30 a.m., and it was obvious that there was not going to be a repeat of last year’s marathon. People knew there wasn’t a lot of the Geisha, so no need to mess around. As we watched the screen Daniel told me how the auction worked. The Geisha was separated into 7 batches and those batches had various lots of 300 pounds, for a total of 47 lots or 14,100 pounds. As we watched the prices go up across the board, Daniel Peterson was very excited. In the next room all of the workers were talking excitedly in Spanish, and Rachel Peterson continued to message Daniel with things like “everything is above 20, unbelievable!!” The whole auction lasted for only a couple hours, but it must have seemed like years to the buyers. The low coffee received an incredible $24 a pound and the high was $117.50. After it was done, the family got together for lunch. Monday the staff had asked if there was going to be a bonus this year, the answer at lunch was… “Yes!”
- Jason Johnson