Esmeralda Geisha Washed
A floral & balanced coffee.
The quintessential washed Esmeralda Geisha, with clear white florals and delicate fresh citrus in a tea-like cup
- Producer: Hacienda La Esmeralda
- Region: Boquete
- Altitude: 1660 masl
- Varietal: Geisha
- Process: Washed
- Harvest: March 2021
- Optimal brew beyond: Filter 7 days | Espresso 21 days.
- RRP 100g - 249 dkk
About the coffee:
Hacienda La Esmeralda
Hacienda La Esmeralda requires almost no introduction within the world of coffee. Starting mainly as a cattle farm in the mid 20th Century, in 2004 the Peterson family shook the coffee world by breaking the world record price for a lot of coffee, composed entirely of a newly re-discovered varietal - Geisha. In the years since, Esmeralda have continued to push boundaries, both for coffee quality and for price. Their yearly auction produces some of the most stunning coffees we have ever tasted, and is renowned for the high prices received, and for the difficulty of securing a specific lot.
As seems fitting for a coffee produced at Hacienda La Esmeralda, this lot is 100% Geisha. Although Geisha shot to stardom thanks to Esmeralda in 2004, its story starts much earlier. A native Ethiopian varietal, Geisha was isolated by British researchers in the Gesha region of Ethiopia in the 1930’s, and thereafter studied at research stations in Kenya and Tanzania. It was much later introduced into Panama during an outbreak of leaf rust, due to observed resistance to the disease. The varietal was planted sporadically, blended into lots with other varietals, and mainly forgotten about until the Petersons cupped a small amount separately at their farm in 2004, and from there started the rise of Geisha within specialty coffee. The Geisha varietal, planted at high altitude and processed using a careful washed method, unveiled its crisp citrus and floral aromatics for the first time, and stunned coppers at that year’s Best of Panama auction. Nowadays Geisha lots, especially from Panama, have seen skyrocketing auction prices, starting from $21 dollars per pound in 2004, a record at the time, to a new high of $803/lb in 2018
This lot specifically comes from Esmeralda’s Jaramillo farm, and uses a rather non-traditional washed process. The Jaramillo farm is where the iconic first lot of Geisha was harvested, and the coffee grown here still displays the clearest aromatic signature of all Esmeralda Geishas. Due to Esmeralda’s incredible level of separation and traceability, we know that this lot was picked on the Noria lot of the farm at 1660 masl, on the 10th of March this year. Before being washed and dried on raised beds, this lot was subject to an anaerobic fermentation of 60 hours. The coffee was first depulped and placed in a plastic tank, before a saccharomyces yeast strain is added and the tank is sealed. This slow controlled fermentation adds a juicy and rich feel to the cup, without overshadowing any of the floral and citrus character that we so cherish in these fine coffees from Esmeralda. This results in a truly spectacular final cup with clear aromas of bergamot and jasmine, while the stone fruit character we often find in Esmeralda’s Geishas moves more towards fresh citrus, with a delicate body reminiscent of iced tea.