|Roaster Location:||Yilan, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Bench-Maji Zone, southern Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||NT $1200/100 grams|
|Review Date:||September 2019|
Blind Assessment: Rich, complex, very deeply sweet. Honey, lilac, guava, frankincense, cacao nib in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart structure with high-toned, juicy acidity; crisp, full, satiny mouthfeel. The rich-toned finish is both sweetly floral and invitingly tart.
Notes: This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a cupping of coffees of the Geisha/Gesha variety of Arabica for Coffee Review’s September 2019 tasting report. The celebrated Geisha (also spelled Gesha) variety of Arabica first came to the coffee world’s attention growing in Panama. This particular version, however, is the outcome of efforts to commercialize Geisha in the region from which it originally came. It was grown in western Ethiopia by farmers Adam and Rachel Overton and their indigenous Meanit culture collaborators from seed selected from wild trees of the Geisha variety in the nearby Gori Gesha forest. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is sweeter and deeper-toned than typical wet-processed profiles. GK Coffee provides quality specialty coffee to consumers and retailers. For more information, visit www.gkcoffee.com.tw or email [email protected]
The Bottom Line: A beautifully structured natural-processed Ethiopia Gesha, with striking sweetness pleasingly complicated by notes of aromatic resin and tropical fruit.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2019 tasting report: Geisha Coffees Continue to Shatter Sales Records — Are They Worth The Hype?