JBC Coffee Roasters

Finca La Mula Panama Geisha

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Chiriqui, western Panama.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $49.25/8 ounces

Review Date: March 2015

Agtron: 57/81

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Intense, flamboyantly lush yet elegantly crisp. Complex floral notes (lilac to lavender), roasted cacao nib, mango, sandalwood, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Richly and sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Long, resonant, deeply flavor-saturated finish.


Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety “Gesha” or “Geisha” grown by coffee expert and educator Willem Boot and associates on his La Mula farm in Panama. With its elongated beans and distinctive floral and chocolate cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees. The striking character of the Gesha variety is complicated in this version by an unusual variation in processing: maceration or softening of the ripe coffee fruit through soaking in slightly heated water before fruit removal, which appears to encourage a hint of fermentation and intensifies the already intense character of the Gesha profile. JBC Coffee Roasters was founded in 1994 as Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters and is a family-owned specialty coffee roastery located in Madison, Wisconsin. JBC Coffee Roasters’ vision is simple: “let the coffee lead the way” through sourcing and roasting the best and most unique coffees available and rewarding the farmers who grow those coffees with substantial premiums. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A splendid, over-the-top, almost hallucinatory version of the great Gesha profile. Aficionados with substantial coffee budgets should not miss it.

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