|Roaster Location:||Branford, Connecticut|
|Coffee Origin:||Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala|
|Est. Price:||$65.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||September 2017|
|Acidity /Structure :||8|
Blind Assessment: Subtle; balanced; classic. Roasted cashew, sweet apple, clover flowers, brown sugar, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Softly and sweetly tart in structure; plush and velvety in mouthfeel. Apple, brown sugar, cashew and clover all carry into a quietly complete finish.
Notes: 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. El Injerto is one of Guatemala’s most celebrated coffee farms. This Gesha is planted from seed brought from Hacienda La Esmeralda, the Panama farm where Gesha was first rediscovered and presented to the coffee world 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 version was meticulously processed by the wet or washed method (fruit is removed from the beans before they are dried). It took second place in the 2017 Guatemala Cup of Excellence green coffee competition. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visit www.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.
The Bottom Line : Hints of Gesha complexity contribute resonant intrigue to this classic, gently pungent Guatemala.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2017 tasting report: Gesha Coffees 2017: Still Pricey, Still Amazing