Panama Esmeralda Boquete Geisha
Cup Characteristics: Very lush and delicate sweet floral notes, especially Jasmine and coffee blossom, with pronounced lemon-lime citrus acidity. Generously fruit filled and light candy flavors. Soft, lush, refined and light chocolate mouthfeel. A coffee with obvious pedigree and extremely approachable.
$39.99 per pound
Arrived from Panama in vacuum packaging, this coffee was a big hit when offered in the past. We are thrilled to have it again.
Panama Esmeralda Boquete Geisha represents a great bargain in one of the world's most expensive and sought after coffees -Esmeralda Special - which is sold only through a privately held, international auction for roasters. Each year for the past several years, Hacienda Esmeralda has held a private auction of their prized Geisha varietal, each Esmeralda Special lot coming from a specific plot of land on their farm. Altogether there is not much coffee, only about 20,000 pounds, which must fill a big demand from all corners of the world (this may sound like a lot but is only half of one shipping container). Competition for the coffee is fierce and prices go very high. By the time the coffee reaches roasters around the world it is not uncommon for it to sell for more than $100 per pound or $5 to $7 when sold by the cup. But with this Esmeralda Boquete Geisha you can enjoy a top coffee varietals of the world for less than a dollar a cup.
Esmeralda holds its own auction in which we participate and purchase, often fetching stunning prices. We were jurors at last year's Best of Panama competition in May and again just a week ago; it's a role we have played a number of times in the past. The competition is followed by an auction and the top Geishas in the 2012 auction sold for $160 and two Esmeraldas sold for $86 a pound (washed) and $350 a pound (natural)! These prices are direct from farm to roasters of coffee in its unroasted state. Naturally, once imported and roasted they will cost much more. Prices like that put top Panama geishas out of reach for most folks.
Fortunately, for a second year Esmeralda has released their "second coffee", the 100% Geisha Esmeralda Boquete. As in the wine world where the second wine of the very top chateaux are fabulous wines in their own right, still costly but a relative bargain. Lafite-Rothschild has its Lafite Rothschild Carruades de Lafite; Chateau Latour its Les Forts de Latour. These wines would be great in anyone's book, but they are withheld, often for a tiny detail, from being in the rarified top lot. The same holds true for Esmeralda Boquete Geisha. This is a wonderful coffee, exhibiting much of the same lovely jasmine, floral and lemony tones witnessed in the auction lots but at less than half the price.
There is only a very limited supply of this coffee too. It comes from all of the growing plots on the Hacienda Esmeralda farm which range in altitude from 1450 to 1800 meters (4750 to 5910 feet). At $39.99 per pound, Panama Esmeralda Boquete Geisha may not seem a bargain, but it is less than half the price of some of its siblings and nearly the same taste experience. During the holidays we will offer several very small lots from the Esmeralda auction that we purchased for those interested in comparing. We really feel that the Geisha varietal is well represented in this coffee and that you will thoroughly enjoy it.
Naturally, every detail of growing and processing has been done at the farm to produce this fine, washed coffee. The finished green beans just arrived at our roasting plant in vacuum packaging ready for us to take it the rest of the way in roasting it for you.