This coffee has sold out. We will be bringing you some exciting coffees from Panama for 2012 including some geisha varietals.
This Serious Select coffee will be roasted and shipped on
Tuesdays 5/22 and 5/29, subject to availability.
Producer Francisco Serracin, Don Pachi himself, is one of the few leading growers of the Geisha coffee varietal. This varietal is thought to have originated in the Ethiopian village of Gesha and made its way to Costa Rica and from there to Boquete, Panama. It is there where the full potential of this different coffee seed found its new home and small group of growers who had the passion to bring out its superb qualities.
Last year's Best of Panama there was first ever competition of natural process Panama coffees. That process dries the cherry whole before milling. Several of the entrants were Geisha varietals, The hands down winner was Francisco Serracin's Don Pachi Geisha. There was just a tiny amount of that coffee available and it sold for $111.50 per pound. By special arrangement we were able to secure 50 pounds of the same coffee but in a washed process, meaning more refined and less earthy, but the same varietal and growing conditions. Once roasted there will be slightly more then 40 roasted pounds. A rare find indeed.
This coffee is in extremely limited production and we have just a tiny amount. We offered this coffee during this past December and have reduced the price to roast the remaining coffee in our inventory. While still a luxury coffee at a high price, it is a relative bargain for top Geisha coffees.
Note 5/11: We have had the pleasure of enjoying this coffee each day since its 5/8 roast. Three days after the roast the coffee is still transforming, presenting itself now with grapefruit zest, some mango notes along with tremendous depth, a real accomplishment in a delicate, floral coffee that is lightly roasted. This is really a beautiful, nuanced and velvety cup.
Cup Characteristics: Don Pachi a very delicate cup with sweet lemon fruit. Especially clean and crisp with Meyer lemon and jasmine flavors, it is also lightly floral. The body presents a smooth, semi-sweet chocolate. Overall, this is a very elegant, well balanced coffee with a long, complex finish replete lots of nuances. While expensive, it represents a good value for a top Geisha from this highly acclaimed origin.
This coffee is sold whole bean only.