Difference Coffee

Esmeralda Estate Panama Geisha

Location: London, England

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: NA

Est. Price: £50/10 capsules

Review Date: August 2018

Agtron: NA/NA

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso produced as a ristretto 25ml (.85-ounce) shot using a Nespresso capsule espresso brewer with whole milk heated using a conventional steam wand. Sweetly bright, intricate, original. Peach, sandalwood, lemon tart, baker’s chocolate, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Delicately plump in mouthfeel; long, resonant, peach- and lemon-saturated finish. Remains crisply tart in three parts milk, with flavor consolidating around a subtle, elegant dry chocolate.


One of the world’s most celebrated coffees presented in a Nespresso-compatible capsule. Coffee from trees of the botanical variety Geisha (also Gesha) grown on Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama first introduced this extraordinary variety of Arabica to the world. With its bold, boat-shaped beans and distinctive floral and crisply cacao-toned cup, the Gesha continues to be one of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after coffee varieties, and the Esmeralda versions remain among the most authentic. This is a wet-processed or “washed” version, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Difference Coffee aims to present only the finest of the world’s coffees as determined by green coffee competitions and other measures of distinction, tactfully roasted and presented in capsules compatible with Nespresso capsule brewing systems. For more information visit www.differencecoffee.com.


The Bottom Line: The startling complexity of the great Gesha variety is quietly but decisively expressed in a short, concentrated espresso shot produced from this Nespresso-compatible capsule.

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