Floral scents, tropical fruit, intense sweentess: This cup is Gesha all the way with red honey, apricot nectar, cherry, kaffir lime, rose fading to jasmine blossoms. It's such a sweet coffee with an acidity that's very balanced. My favorite roast this year is City+, but this coffee will retain the Gesha profile at slightly darker levels too. City to Full City+.
Floral scents, tropical fruit, intense sweentess: This cup is Gesha all the way; with the right roast it's like sipping a bouquet of flowers. 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 small 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. With this coffee, from the region of Acatenango, we have a Gesha cup that literally shouts out "Gesha". It has the elongated seed form, it roasts like Gesha, and has the pronounced cup character.
The dry fragrance is really potent, with pastry fruits, honey, sweet pomelo citrus, and peach. The wet aroma also has a strong honey sweetness and pomelo, with marzipan and rose petals. Tropical fruit (guava, passionfruit) emerges on the break. The cup might initially seem mild compared to these strong aromatics. Give it time to cool a bit - as the temperature descends, floral and fruited notes ascend. The cup has a syrupy sweetness, red honey, apricot nectar, cherry, kaffir lime, rose fading to jasmine blossoms; these are only some of the profile attributes we came up with. It's such a sweet coffee with an acidity that's very balanced. It finishes nicely with Assam tea notes and essence of lemon. It's a coffee that can take on a long list of adjectives and still keep them coming. My favorite roast this year is City+, but this coffee will retain the Gesha profile at slightly darker levels too.