AHRIRE Roasting

Sweet Maria’s Acatenango Gesha

Location: Pu’Er, Yunnan Province, China

Origin: Acatenango growing region, central Guatemala.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: RMB $234/125 grams

Review Date: April 2015

Agtron: 60/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Gentle and roundly bright, quietly intricate. Honeydew melon, almond, spicy fresh-cut redwood, lush lily in aroma and cup. Suave, lively acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Poised, gently flavor-saturated finish.


Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). With its elegantly 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. This coffee when roasted for retail sale is sold in an attractive round fiberboard gift container. AHRIRE is a micro-roaster spun off from the ManLao River project, a non-profit project for alleviating poverty and protecting the environment in the Pu’er region of Yunnan Province. AH-RI-RE or “Tiger” in the Li language is the name of the head roaster, an ethnic minority who aims in his roasting to “showcase the robust, multi-faceted flavors in nature.”

Who Should Drink It: A subtle, appealing, accessible yet memorable version of the great Gesha profile.

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