|Roaster Location:||Boulder, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Cañas Verdes, Boquete growing region, western Panama.|
|Est. Price:||$48.50/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||November 2014|
Blind Assessment: Richly and sweetly exotic. Dark chocolate, banana, blood orange, hibiscus in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk acidity; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but carries far into a round, resonant finish.
Notes: This is an auction lot of Esmeralda Gesha (also spelled Geisha) from Hacienda La Esmeralda, the producer that first introduced the celebrated Gesha variety of Arabica to the world. This Léon is a 2014 batch of Esmeralda Gesha; in this case a batch is defined as coffee that has been harvested on the same date and processed together. 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 is a dry-processed or “natural” version of the Gesha, 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. Dragonfly Coffee is a Boulder, Colorado based micro-roaster which produces high-quality coffees and supports worthy causes. Visit www.dragonflycoffeeroasters.com or call 303-579-2154 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : A fine variation on the great Gesha profile, with the full suite of Gesha aromatics, but showing a bit more chocolate and less floral than is typical for this distinguished variety.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2014 tasting report: Geshas and the Rest: Single-Variety, Single-Lot Coffees