Temple Coffee and Tea

Panama Don Pepe Estate Geisha Single-Origin Espresso

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2015

Agtron: 48/59

Aroma: 10

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 10

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Delicately yet vastly intricate; crisp yet lush. Buttery chocolate, deeply sweet, lilac-like flowers, pungent sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Light, silky mouthfeel; flavor consolidates but rings on in a richly drying finish. Complex and complete in three parts milk: buttery, fruit-toned chocolate, a continuing shimmer of flowers.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 6 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015.  From trees of the Geisha (also spelled Gesha) variety planted on the slopes of Volcan Baru in the Boquete growing region at elevations between 5,000 and 5,700 feet, where trees of this celebrated variety are said to have first been established in Panama, brought from Costa Rica in 1898 by Don Enrique Vasquez. With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty, cup, the Geisha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s unique coffees. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value soaring, extraordinary complexity and originality of aroma and flavor in both straight shot and cappuccino-scaled milk. The price makes this a striking value for a coffee this distinguished.

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