Dragonfly Coffee Roasters

Esmeralda Estate Porton Geisha Natural

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $75.00/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2018

Agtron: 56/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Rich-toned, cleanly fruit-forward, intricately balanced. Concord grape, pungent myrrh, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle, candy cap mushroom in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish rings on with all of the notes from the cup.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 16 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2018.  This coffee earned the highest rating in a cupping of coffees from U.S. Mountain States roasters for Coffee Review’s October 2018 tasting report. 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 Geisha/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 dry-processed or “natural” version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the soft fruit residue has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Dragonfly Coffee is a Boulder, Colorado-based micro-roaster that produces high-quality coffees and supports worthy causes. Visit www.dragonflycoffeeroasters.com or call 303-579-2154 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A harmonious, refined, exquisitely clean natural-processed Geisha cup.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2018 tasting report: Mountain States Coffee Roasters: High Elevations, Classic Coffees

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