Dragonfly Coffee Roasters

Esmeralda Special Auction Washed Geisha

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $50.00/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately rich, deeply sweet, lushly intricate. Complex flowers (rose, lavender) apple, tangerine zest, roasted almond, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure, with a pleasantly brisk, bitterish complication. Crisply smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Apple, almond, lavender in particular carry into a very sweet finish.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of 20 coffees of the Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety for Coffee Review‘s September 2017 tasting report. Coffee from trees of the Gesha variety of Arabica grown on the Peterson family’s Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama first introduced this extraordinary variety 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 unique coffees, and the Esmeralda versions like this one remain among the most admired and 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. 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: Crisp yet lush, deep, intricate, a classic Gesha from Hacienda Esmeralda, the ground zero of the Gesha variety’s take-off to fame.

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

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