Coffee Review - Panama Esmeralda Geisha by Fratello Coffee
  • Fratello Coffee Roasters

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2012
Origin: Canas Verdes, Boquete growing region, western Panama. Price: $20.80/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense, complex floral notes (lavender, lily), tangerine-like fruit, honey, cinnamon-like spice, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; silky mouthfeel. The finish is drying but profoundly flavor-saturated.

Notes: This is a lot of Esmeralda Gesha (also spelled Geisha) from Hacienda La Esmeralda, the producer that first introduced the celebrated Gesha variety of Arabica to the world; it represents a mix of the Esmeralda Gesha production that was not included in the producer’s yearly auction. With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world's most unique coffees. This Gesha was processed by the orthodox wet or washed method, in which both skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Super aficionados on a budget. A (believe it or not) reasonably priced version of the extravagantly distinctive and rare Esmeralda Gesha.


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