|Roaster Location:||Branford, Connecticut|
|Coffee Origin:||Piedra Candela, Chiriqui Province, western Panama|
|Est. Price:||$50.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2015|
Blind Assessment: Delicately sweet, intricate, rich. Honey, grapefruit zest, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, gently bright acidity; buoyant, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonantly flavor-saturated finish.
Notes: Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also Geisha) by farmer Roberto Brenes of Auromar Estate. 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” version, 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. 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.
Who Should Drink It : Poised and lyrically complete version of the great Gesha profile: lush yet pure.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2015 tasting report: Holiday Coffees 2015