Mudhouse Coffee Roasters

Gori Gesha Forest

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Origin: Bench-Maji Zone, western Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $35.00/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2016

Agtron: 54/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, intense, spice-toned. Aromatic orchid, spice box, watermelon, pink peppercorn, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Vibrantly sweet-tart, balanced acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant short finish centers around watermelon and chocolate, while a surprising note of tropical coconut surfaces in the long.


Produced from trees of the rare botanical variety Gesha (also Geisha) in the Gori Forest of Ethiopia, where the Gesha variety is presumed to have originated before having been carried to other parts of the world and eventually to Panama, where it was isolated and first celebrated in 2004. 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. This is a dry-processed or “natural” Gesha, 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 bold, sweetly spice-toned natural-processed Gesha from Ethiopia, the origin of this famous and still rare coffee variety.

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