This Serious Select coffee will be roasted and shipped on
Tuesday 6/4 and 6/11 subject to availability.
A sad story with a happy ending.
Bad planning on our part but good news for you. While reviewing an inventory I discovered an unopened fifty pound box of unroasted Panama Hacienda Esmeralda that we had purchased in 2011. It was the most prized Montana lot, vacuum packed and still tightly sealed within a corrugated box in a cool, dark area. Needless to say I was stunned by this find. We had purchased this extremely expensive geisha varietal coffee at private auction and received it in the summer of 2011. Between its original cost and importation it will, when roasted, cost us nearly $70 a pound! We had been selling it during the holidays that year and it was a stellar gift, but apparently, when the season was over, we forgot that we had any left. That is the bad planning part and something we hope to never repeat.
Now the good news for you. We want to sell this coffee immediately and recoup as much of our investment as possible. We are offering it at $35 for a 12 ounce package. We've opened and roasted some and can verify that it is still in terrific shape, showing well. Just a week or two ago we purchased several lots of Esmeralda's 2013 geisha coffee and we will be receiving them over the summer, so we would like to roast and sell this coffee as we make way for the new crop. This fifty pounds of vintage unroasted coffee will yield only forty two net pounds to sell and we are guessing it will go very quickly.
What can you say about Hacienda La Esmeralda that hasn't already been said? Their
award winning geisha varietal has won so many competitions with an awesome combination
of fruit and floral flavors, sometimes bursting with them, that nearly every accolade
has been spoken. We have been supporters of Hacienda Esmeralda for years and are well
familiar with their various plots of land. Esmeralda has several different tracts of
land and they have learned that the geisha varietal produces varying flavor results
depending where on their property they grow it. Even small variations in elevation and
soil structure seem to make significant changes to the cup profile.
Montana is an excellent example of what Esmeralda can achieve given what
seems to be ideal elevation and soil conditions. This is their highest elevation coffee, grown between 1700 and 1800 meters.In the 2011 Esmeralda auction this coffee was the scarcest of all, only 600 pounds available to the world. It was also the most expensive lot, in part because we feel it offered the best example of Esmeralda this year.
Coffee arrives at our warehouse unroasted, in sealed vacuum packages, which are
opened as needed. Because of this great packaging, which had not been opened at all, the coffee remains vibrant.
Award night a few years back in
Panama with The Peterson's of Hacienda La Esmeralda.
Clockwise: Bob Williams, Price, Rachel and Susan Peterson,
Barry Levine, Daniel Peterson.
Cup Characteristics: A balanced and sweet cup, notes of jasmine, mandarin oranges, chocolate, blackberry jam and rose tea. This is one of the newest producing areas, in the Caņas Verdes region, adjacent to the Baru Volcano National Park, and, the highest grown Esmeralda Special in production. Brisk, citric acidity. Mouthfeel is smooth, well
rounded. Orange background flavors. Jasmine and heady scents abound. A bouquet that
presents itself immediately in ground, then enlivened during brewing. The coffee has
both power and delicacy. You know those flavors and scents are present, yet none of the
overpower you or one another, presenting a harmonious unity.
Hacienda Esmeralda is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
This is a 12 ounce package.