Coffee Review - Roastmasters Reserve Esmeralda by Caribou Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Roastmaster's Reserve Esmeralda

Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2012
Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama Price: $19.99/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense, exhilaratingly complex, resonant. A cascade of floral notes ranging in suggestion from bitter lavender to lush honeysuckle. Honey, tangerine, and a crisp, cocoaish chocolate. Round, richly stated acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.

Notes: This is a non-auction 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. 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. This coffee is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Caribou Coffee is a retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit or call 888-227-4268 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An opportunity to taste the spectacular Gesha profile at peak complexity and nuance. Reasonably priced for an Esmeralda Gesha.


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