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Hatch Coffee

Gesha Village Auction Lot 26 Gori Gesha Natural

Location: Markham, Ontario, Canada

Origin: Bench-Maji Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: CAD $30.00/100 grams

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 54/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Crisply lush, intricately layered. Ripe passion fruit, roasted cacao nib, myrrh, candied walnut, a hint of grappa in aroma and cup. In structure, a vivacious tartness is enveloped in sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy. Flowers and the grappa-like hint in particular carry into a deep, balanced finish.

Notes:

This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of 20 coffees of the Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety for Coffee Review‘s September 2017 tasting report. With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s rarest and most unique coffees. Although the Gesha variety originated in Ethiopia, it was “discovered” by the coffee world in 2004 growing in Boquete, Panama, and Panama continues to dominate the expanding world of Gesha. This particular version, however, is the outcome of efforts to commercialize Gesha in the region from which it originally came. It was grown in western Ethiopia by farmers Adam and Rachel Overton and their indigenous Meanit culture collaborators from seed selected from wild trees in the nearby Gori Gesha forest. This is a dry-processed or “natural” version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Hatch Coffee is an Ontario, Canada-based roaster offering coffees for both retail and wholesale purchase. Visit www.hatchcrafted.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: Lovely dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” profile, lush and opulent yet animated and gently bright.


This review originally appeared in the September, 2017 tasting report: Gesha Coffees 2017: Still Pricey, Still Amazing

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