Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Finca La Maria Geisha Natural

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Cundinamarca Department, Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $51.00/8 ounces

Review Date: April 2018

Agtron: 55/79

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Lush, high-toned, richly sweet. Apricot, bergamot zest, nougat, sandalwood, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure, with juicy, bright acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is seemingly eternal, resonant with all the flavor notes from the cup: stone fruit, citrus zest, nutty caramel, aromatic wood and sweet florals.


This sample earned the highest rating in a cupping of coffees roasted by women for Coffee Review‘s April 2018 tasting report. Produced by Orlando Espina of Finca La Maria entirely from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha), this coffee won second place in the 2017 Colombia Cup of Excellence. With its elegantly 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, 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. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro-Roaster of the Year” title by Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A natural-processed Colombia Gesha that’s compelling in every way, with bright notes of stone fruit and honeysuckle in the cup, plump mouthfeel and flavor-saturated finish that lingers on and on.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2018 tasting report: Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That "She's the Roaster"

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