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Guatemala Acatenango Gesha

The cup is both floral and brisk with simple syrup sweetness, jasmine floral hints, Darjeeling tea, molasses accent, malt, moderate acidity. City to Full City. Floral espresso.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Gesha
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Acatenango
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Patio Sun Dried
Arrival date September 2018 Arrival
Lot size 51
Bag size 46 KG
Packaging Grain Pro
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Gesha
Grade SHB EP
Appearance .5 d/300gr, 16-19 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

This is our final Gesha lot we purchased from a coffee estate in the Acatenango region. We buy this Gesha every year, and last year we decided to offer seperated lots instead of blending into one final coffee. We found that all of the coffee lots share similar cup characteristics. After all, they are the same cultivar pulled from the the same farm. But flavor profiles did vary slightly, as did our scores, and so we think it's only fair to offer them as unique offerings to highlight their differences, and to keep things fresh. If you don't know the story of the Gesha cultivar, it is an old coffee type from Ethiopia that was brought to an experimental coffee garden in Costa Rica years ago as a specimen sample. It was distributed to a few farms for testing on small plots, but not much was thought of it until one of these, Esmeralda in Panama, separated it from the other cultivars and entered it in the national competition. It was so outrageously different, with fruited and floral character like a Yirga Cheffe coffee from half a world away. Now that the word is out, other farms that received some of the seed have tried to separate their Gesha coffee as well, as is the case here. The results are always a bit different: the cultivar "expresses" itself differently in terms of cup flavors at each location, influenced by weather, soil, altitude and the like. And with this coffee from the region of Acatenango, we have a Gesha cup that expresses much of that floral intensity that's become synonymous with the "Gesha" name. Harvest was quite productive this year again as the owner of the farm has dedicated even more of his farm to this varietal, which after putting it to the cup test we've decided is a very good thing.

The cup is both floral and brisk, a flavor combo not necessarily unique to Gesha cultivar, but certainly unique to most Latin American coffees. The dry fragrance might lead you to believe otherwise showing more of a cinnamon/sugar combination that is still alluring, but not the perfumed smell I expected. It wasn't until breaking through the wetted crust that I uncovered attractive jasmine flower aromatics, along with wafts of honey and tea. An herbal sweetness marks the aroma, as do licorice tea, and a palm sugar scent as you near Full City. This coffee shows well in light to middle roasts, where layers of raw sugar sweetness are accented by floral hints and an herbaceous Darjeeling tea note. As the cup cools, sweetness builds in strength, and what starts out as transparent simple syrup sweetness, ends up with suggestions of toffee malt and molasses. The cup has moderate acidity that comes off very tea-like, and with a citrus element as well. And while I don't recommend Full City roasts for brew, as most of the floral and tea notes will be compromised, it makes for a chocolate-y and floral espresso. A sweet toffee taste is underscored by fine, bittersweet cacao bar, and these shots produce incredibly thick body that weighs heavy on the palate.