Ironclad Coffee Roasters

Guatemala Acatenango Gesha

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Origin: Acatenango growing region, central Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $29.99/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 57/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Cleanly and sweetly bright; pure; elegant. Lime zest, baker’s chocolate, ripe pear, floral-toned vanilla, myrrh in aroma and cup. Deeply and sweetly tart in structure; delicately satiny in mouthfeel. Baker’s chocolate and vanilla-toned flowers carry into a sweet, quiet finish.


This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a tasting of 20 coffees of the Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety for Coffee Review‘s September 2017 tasting report. 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. Acatenango is the name of a coffee-growing municipality as well as a famous volcano overlooking the Antigua Valley of Guatemala. Ironclad Coffee Roasters, a micro-roaster in Richmond, Virginia takes its name from “guarantee,” as in an ironclad guarantee of top quality specialty coffee and dedicated customer service. For more information visit www.ironcladcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: The Gesha character exerts a quiet but decisive influence in this classic, sweetly bright and balanced Guatemala.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2017 tasting report: Gesha Coffees 2017: Still Pricey, Still Amazing

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