Panama 2020 Triple Geisha Deluxe Sampler

  • Panama 2020 Triple Geisha Deluxe Sampler

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What a treat for the right person! All three coffees are direct trade and described below. An awesome gift for coffee aficionados, particularly lovers of the geisha varietal. This represents 3 interpretations of the venerable coffee seed.

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Eight ounces each of three joyous coffees. If you are a lover of wonderful, delicate geisha varietal florality your gift has arrived. We proudly present for your tasting and comparison, three Geisha treasures all from Panama where this exotic varietal has found a home, nurturing micro climates and dedicated growers but growers in other countries are now looking to reproduce exciting results too. For those who may not know, the Geisha seed is an heirloom varietal from Ethiopia that produces a blue-green elongated coffee bean that is especially aromatic and floral. The seed was originally brought to Costa Rica and some time later to Panama which lead to a rediscovery of this tasty cultivar. The best examples have extreme fruitiness, floral scents and flavors, but also great balance and finesse. Geisha coffees fetch the very highest prices in international auctions, often hundreds of dollars per pound. The most recent winning auction coffee attained $1,600 a pound!

The method of processing makes a big difference in the resulting flavors with washed examples showing their delicacy and florality, and natural processed ones having fruit intensity. All three coffees in this assortment are Natural processed. Although each is quite different from one another they each share a pedigree, a family connection to the varietal. Each producer brings their own signature processing nuance in the manner that winemakers producing the same grape varietal produce such different results.

These coffees are very scarce albeit expensive, with only small amounts produced. Each is freshly roasted to order, packaged in foil valve bags and presented in a thoughtfully prepared gift box. We have very long and strong relationships with Panama's top growers which has afforded the opportunity to purchase these coffees directly from producers.

Three Geisha coffees, three different producers and their interpretations. All three farms have won multiple awards in the Best of Panama competitions. A rare and treasured gift for the right person on your list - or for yourself.

Panama Esmeralda Private Collection Geisha Natural

One of the most famous coffee producers in the world. Panama Esmeralda Private Reserve 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 professional 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 $7 to $10 when sold by the cup. Esmeralda set previous auction records of $600+ per pound though that has recently been eclipsed.

  • Farm Name: Hacienda Esmeralda
  • Coffee Name: Private Collection Geisha Natural
  • Crop Year: 2020
  • Variety: Geisha
  • Process: Natural
  • Elevation: 1600 - 1800 meters
  • Growing Region: Southwestern Boquete
  • Owner: Price Peterson & Family
  • Exporter: Specialty Coffee Association of Panama
  • Mill: Hacienda Esmeralda

Processing - Natural, the whole cherry is fully dried over a period of about 10 days. The flavor of the drying fruit penetrates to the bean within.

Cup Characteristics: Sweet and floral, with flavors of apricots and strawberries. Jasmine aroma. Coffee Review said "Crisp yet very sweet, delicately intricate. Lavender, lemon zest, apple, walnut, fresh pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. In structure massively sweet, gently tart; light, velvety, lively mouthfeel. Apple, lemon and fresh tobacco notes saturate a quiet, lightly drying finish."

Panama Finca Kotowa 'Las Brujas' Geisha Natural

The Kotowa farm, in its third generation, has several outstanding plots of land; this particular lot is from a portion of the farm called Las Brujas. We have had the pleasure of visiting Kotowa's farms, their old wetmill and their wonderful home, overlooking the beautiful Boquete mountainside and the Baru Volcano. Ricardo Koyner owns coffee shops too, located throughout Panama City and elsewhere in Panama, so much of Kotowa's production is used at home, reducing exportable quantities. In 2016 Cafe Kotowa was awarded the 3rd edition of the Best Producer Panama Cup which recognizes the producer whose coffees make it to the final round of each category in the Best of Panama competition.

Arrived packed in vacuum bags.

  • Farm Name: Cafe Kotowa
  • Coffee Name: Kotowa Las Brujas
  • Crop Year: 2020
  • Variety: Geisha
  • Process: Natural
  • Elevation: 1800 meters
  • Growing Region: Southwestern Boquete
  • Owner: Ricardo Koyner
  • Exporter: Specialty Coffee Association of Panama
  • Mill: Cafe Kotowa

Processing - Natural, the whole cherry is fully dried over a period of about 10 days. The flavor of the drying fruit penetrates to the bean within.

Cup Characteristics: The Geisha varietal gives way to a floral, jasmine aroma with flavors of tropical fruit and lime notes. Very elegant lime and mandarin acidity and sweetness with hints of melon and passion fruit and a ripe red fruit aftertaste.

Panama Finca Auromar Natural

In 2018 we received 93 points from Coffee Review in December 2018 and it was also featured in their Holiday Coffee article. In 2017 this was the #8 Coffee of the Year in Coffee Review and we received a whopping 96 point. It is immediately apparent from first sip that this is a stunning coffee year after year.93 points Coffee Review

Auromar Geisha from the farm of Roberto Brenes. This is a stunning example of the Geisha varietal from a relative newcomer to an already highly sophisticated coffee farming community of the Panama highlands.

Geisha, for those who may not be familiar, is a seed variety that is native to Ethiopia and probably a relative of the Longberry. Its shape is elongated and somewhat large. This seed was experimentally planted in Boquete Panama along with many other varieties as a test of what might grow well in this particular micro climate. The result was the birth of a superstar in the world of coffee. Originally planted and brought to celebrity by the Peterson family of Hacienda Esmeralda, this variety started to break price records and the reputation and market for this coffee continued to grow, with devotees throughout the world and especially in Asia and Australia.

  • Name: Auromar Estate Geisha
  • Growing Region: Jurutungo Candela, Volcan
  • Varietal: Geisha 100%
  • Crop Year:  2020
  • Elevation: 1600 meters (5250 feet)
  • Processing: Natural
  • Drying:  African beds

Processing - Natural, the whole cherry is fully dried over a period of about 10 days. The flavor of the drying fruit penetrates to the bean within.

Cup Characteristics: Very fruity and sweetly floral.  Big, layered flavors of jasmine and hibiscus. Natural processing was very well done, making for fruit penetration that was pronounced but not overwhelming. The result is balanced, elegant, powerful and delicate all at once. A real achievement and one of the best we have cupped this year.

 

Note: Due to the nature of these coffees we offer them whole bean only.