The sweetness is softly rounded, and extremely persistent through the long aftertaste: honey laced with caramel and vanilla. The floral aspects, especially at City+, are distinctly jasmine, also a bit of lemon zest. Truly amazing and well worth the price. City+ is ideal; allow proper rest.
This lot roasts well between City and Full City. FC roast is going to be a bit diminished in the top end, highest range of flavor, so City+ is recommended. It's an incredibly intoxicating coffee, aromatically and in the sapid sensations, and changes as it rests.
A 30 lb nano-lot of Gesha varietal coffee from the Jurutungo Estate in Panama... that is what we have here. As Gesha was "discovered" at Hacienda Esmeralda in Jaramillo-Boquete area of Panama, so to has it been found at other farms. You might remember the Don Pache Gesha we had some time ago? This is a farm that, as the crow flies, is not far from Don Pache or Esmeralda. But it is quite a ways by car, since you have to descend from the highlands down the to the junction of roads near hot and sweaty David, Panama. Then you must ascend up to the Chirqui Mountains again, past Piedra de Candela, to a point just outside La Amistad National Park, at the border with Costa Rica. The farm ranges from 1650-1850 meters, and is owned by Damaris and Dafne Gallarado. Jurutungo Estate has some old Gesha trees as well as some that spontaneously crossed with nearby Caturra varietal trees to form Caturra X Gesha (see our other listing for that coffee). This lot was pulped and processed entirely by hand on a very small scale. The cup is outstanding (we have kept in in vacuum pack from origin to delivery here at SM warehouse). There are a few immature beans that emerge as light-colored quakers in roasting. This is the nature of handmade nano-lots that are too small to be gravity separated. Pull these quakers out before grinding and brewing.
The dry fragrance from the light roasts is very floral, with a sweet mandarin citrus, and a light, clean honey scent. The darker roast is complex, a bit more caramelly, but still quite floral. The wet aroma is even more floral. It has a coffee blossom scent, which has traces of jasmine and honeysuckle. At both City and City+ roasts it was very floral, but this drops off noticeably at Full City level. While the Caturra X Gesha coffee is hard to define (syrupy, sweet, but not very floral) this Gesha lot is very. very Gesha-y. The sweetness is softly rounded, and extremely persistent through the long aftertaste: honey laced with caramel and vanilla. The floral aspects, especially at City+ roast, are distinctly jasmine. A citrus zest of bergamont livens up the brightness. It's simply a fantastic cup, and after my sample roasts there are just 29 Lbs. remaining!