Compelling & Rich

Panama Chiriqui Finca Santa Teresa Geisha

Location: Los Angeles, California

Origin: Volcan growing region, western Panama.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $18.00/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2014

Agtron: 72/87

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and delicately pungent; exotically complex. Honey, jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, crisp suggestions of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently rich, brandyish acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.


Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). 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 prepared by the honey method, meaning the skin was removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking but the beans or seeds were dried with at least some of the fruit pulp or “honey” still adhering to them. This practice contrasts to the more conventional wet or washed method, wherein both skin and pulp are removed from the beans before drying. Compelling & Rich is uncompromisingly dedicated to offering only small lots of selectively sourced fine single-origin coffees freshly roasted. Visit www.compellingrich.com or call 818-835-5135 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those interested in sampling the giddy intricacy of the Gesha profile in its unusual honey-process incarnation.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2014 tasting report: Honey and Natural Process Coffees, Central America 2014

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