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Blue Bottle Coffee

Colombia Granja Esperanza Gesha AAA

Location: Oakland, California

Origin: Valle del Cauca growing region, Colombia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NA

Review Date: October 2014

Agtron: 53/76

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Exotic; intricate; grandly and sweetly bright. Honey, loquat, tangerine, blood orange, jasmine, cocoa in aroma and cup. Sweetness envelops tart and bitter sensations in an intense, complex acidity. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Rich, deeply flavor-saturated finish fades very slightly in the long.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the #16 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2014.  Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). Gesha was planted on the Granja La Esperanza farms as part of a ten-year project to improve coffee quality and to introduce new botanical varietals to Colombia. With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and chocolate cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees. This coffee was awarded first-place honors in the South America category at the 2014 HarVee awards for retail-roasted renditions of green coffees imported to North America by Sustainable Harvest Specialty Coffee Importers. Blue Bottle Coffee started as the quintessential boutique coffee business: a micro-roasting operation in Oakland housed inside a space about as large as a suburban walk-in closet and a single retail location in San Francisco. In the years since its founding Blue Bottle has attracted a strong following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and now operates three roasting locations in Oakland, California, Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California, with a fourth pending in Japan. Visit www.bluebottlecoffee.com or call 510-653-3394 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Enjoy this spectacular version of the still rare and pricy Gesha/Geisha if you enjoy big, bright acidity and lush, almost limitless complexity. (And if your coffee budget can handle it).


This review originally appeared in the October, 2014 tasting report: Roast, Variety, Sustainability: HarVee Awards Coffees 2014

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