Mudhouse Coffee Roasters

Gesha, Gesha Village 1931

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Origin: Bench-Maji Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $88.00/8 ounces

Review Date: April 2017

Agtron: 56/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately sweet and subtly lush. Honeysuckle, roasted cacao nib, lychee, pink grapefruit zest, myrrh in aroma and cup. Lively, expressive, crisply sweet acidity; velvety-smooth, viscous mouthfeel. The quietly resonant finish is flavor-saturated, leading with honeysuckle and pink grapefruit in the short, rounding to notes of cocoa-toned lychee in the long.


Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also Geisha) by Adam and Rachel Overton. 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. Although the Gesha variety originated in Ethiopia, it was “discovered” by the coffee world in 2004 growing in Boquete, Panama, and Panama continues to dominate the expanding world of Gesha. This particular version, however, is the outcome of efforts to commercialize Gesha in the region from which it originally came. 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. Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Roast Magazine’s 2017 Micro-Roaster of the Year, is a small, quality-focused roaster in Charlottesville, Virginia that specializes in “super-specialty” coffees. This focus, along with their commitment to environmentally and socially sustainable coffee production, is what led them to planting a coffee farm in Boquete, Panama along with partners Willem Boot and Kelly Hartmann. Visit www.mudhouse.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A deeply inviting natural Gesha cup, splendidly structured and fulfilling in its range of clean fruit and floral tones sustained from aroma to finish.

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