ESMERALDA GEISHA WASHED

£50.00

Esmeralda Geisha Washed is a very special Arabica that is unlike any other. Only the ripest cherries are picked at the right time, meaning harvesting can last for a few months … but some things, like this, are definitely worth waiting for. When the beans are graded anything over 90 is sold or auctioned, but the very best lots are kept for the Best of Panama competition or for preferred buyers such as Difference Coffee. We have an established relationship with Esmeralda who now offer us the privilege of early access to their most distinctive micro-lots before they go to auction. Read more

Esmeralda Geisha Washed is a very special Arabica that is unlike any other. Only the ripest cherries are picked at the right time, meaning harvesting can last for a few months … but some things, like this, are definitely worth waiting for. When the beans are graded anything over 90 is sold or auctioned, but the very best lots are kept for the Best of Panama competition or for preferred buyers such as Difference Coffee. We have an established relationship with Esmeralda who now offer us the privilege of early access to their most distinctive micro-lots before they go to auction.

Harvested in July 2021, the Bosque 41AS nano-lot, of which there are only 45kg, was sold exclusively to Difference Coffee.This version is from the same lot that took fourth place in the 2021 Best of Panama Washed Geisha competition and scored a whooping 93 points in the competition. It was processed by the wet method with the ferment conducted under anaerobic (reduced oxygen) conditions with a special yeast innoculation. This edition, therefore is extremely limited, expected to produce 690 boxes only.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

THE EXPERIENCE

AROMA

Grasse jasmine flowers and ripe apricots

TASTE

A super juicy cup with apricot sweetness and a fruity hard candy aftertaste

OVERALL

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti of Coffee

“Panama Esmeralda Geisha is my favourite coffee because it reflects my cooking philosophy in the cup. It is elegant, balanced and with a strong identify. I am surprised every time when I taste it and rediscover all its nuances, and I am amazed at its complexity.”

ANTONIO GUIDA -
2 MICHELIN RESTAURANT SETA, MILAN

SERVING SUGGESTION

30ML ESPRESSO SHOT
The ideal serving measure for optimal balanced extraction

MILK
Milk will mute the floral notes and acidity of the coffee

LONG BLACK
Long Black - Add 2 shots of water

STRENGTH 6

THE FINER DETAILS

ESTATE
Hacienda La Esmeralda
ORIGIN
Jaramillo, Boquete, Panama
LOT
Bosque 41AS
LOT SIZE
45kg
PROCESS
Washed - Anaerobic Fermentation
VARIETY
Geisha
LOT ALTITUDE
1,695m
HARVEST
2021

Hacienda La Esmeralda became one of the most famous coffee estates in the world when it pioneered the Panama Geisha bean circa 2004.

EVERY COFFEE TELLS A STORY

The varietal is a native of Ethiopia, where it was first gathered for export in the 1930s. Slowly and without fanfare, the bean made its way to small-scale coffee farms in the mountains of Panama, where for decades it grew undistinguished from other varietals.

An outbreak of blight in the early 2000s changed everything. Farmers at Hacienda La Esmeralda observed certain coffee plants thrived while others perished, and that those hardier specimens yielded a noticeably different bean. Upon learning that this elongated bean was the Geisha varietal, they separated those plants and moved them to higher elevations. The first harvest produced a coffee of outstanding quality, with a flavour and aroma unlike any other.

The Panama Geisha is today recognized as an exceptional bean, and Hacienda La Esmeralda continues to astonish competition judges and discerning coffee drinkers alike. The estate’s Panama Geisha beans, grown for a short season in micro-lots, are some of the most expensive in the world. This superstar product has set multiple records for auction prices and won first prize at the Panama Cup and other elite contests year after year. At Difference Coffee we’re thrilled to be able to present Panama Geisha coffee purchased directly from this most storied of estates.

DISCOVER

THE STORY OF THE
ESMERALDA GEISHA

Interview with Rachel Peterson of the legendary Hacenda Esmeralda

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