Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Guatemala Finca El Injerto Gesha

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $51.00/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 56/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicate and confident, sweetly spice-toned. Dried coconut, frankincense, baker’s chocolate, tea rose, tamarind in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory and balanced in structure; buoyant, silky-smooth mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of chocolate and frankincense in the short, lifting to sweet-tart tamarind and coconut in the long.


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. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro-Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A compelling Gesha coffee from Guatemala, at turns sweet, savory, tart and spice-toned, all in harmonious balance.

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