This is the one you've been waiting for folks. Heck, this is the one we've been waiting for! A huge shipment just walked in the door full of premium, super premium and Crown Jewel premium coffees! We've got two different Geshas, we've got Ethiopia Bombe, we've got Guatemala Huehuetenango, we've got Honey processed Sumatra and more!
Panama Finca Lerida Gesha: Here she is, the Belle of the ball. Gesha, sometimes spelled geisha and always pronounced "geh-sha" (not "gey-sha"), has a bit of a Cinderella story. The cultivar was originally discovered in Ethiopia's Gori Gesha forest in the 1930s. In the 1960s the Panamanian government went looking for new coffee varieties to help its farmers stand out in the International market and after purchasing some gesha plants along with a few other varieties, they distributed them to farmers in the Boquete region of Panama. But it wasn't until 2004 that a gesha coffee caught the attention of a international jury of expert judges at the Best of Panama competition. You see, they thought they were mistakenly given an Ethiopian coffee! After Hacienda la Esmeralda confirmed they had indeed grown the coffee at their estate in Boquete, Panama, they were awarded 1st place and gesha quickly went from a relatively unknown cultivar to the jewel of the specialty coffee world.
As Panamanian geshas go, you'd be hard pressed to find a better example of the best the cultivar has to offer than this offering from Finca Lerida. If you've never had a gesha before, think of the best washed Ethiopian coffee you've ever had. Now think of how it could be even better! Slightly crisp with juicy sweetness, this coffee has a refreshing floral finish and a full body with velvety texture. Look for balanced notes of peach, cherry, lime and hibiscus.
Guatemala Finca Linda Vista Gesha: Did I mention we got in not one, but TWO GESHAS?! While Panama gets a lot of the attention, this Royal Crown Jewel from the Rodríguez family of Finca Linda Vista proves that world class gesha has a home in Guatemala as well. It's full bodied, velvety and slightly complex with notes of pineapple, jasmine, mandarin orange and apricot.
Ethiopia Sidama Bombe Abdosh Natural Organic: It's finally here, the berry bomb from Bombe that you've been waiting for! This single estate coffee comes from a newcomer who's looking to make waves in Sidama: Faysel Abdosh. He's produced an absolutely stellar cup chock full of berry flavors with a dash of anise and a lingering cereal finish.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb Halo Hartume Washed: This coffee is a standout in a sea of amazing Yirgacheffe coffees. The Halo Hartume washing station is an independent, family owned operation that raises the bar in one of the most competitive coffee markets in the world. It's surprisingly big and bold for a washed coffee with notes of bergamot, lavender, caramel and grapefruit.
Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca la Severa: This offering from Finca la Severa is a prime example of why folks love Huehuetenango coffee. It's got a big, rich body with a buttery texture and pleasant lingering nutty finish. It's bright without being intense and sweet without being fruity. The flavors of raspberry, clove and fudge create a complexity in the cup that's warm and inviting while also fun and exciting.
Sumatra Kerinci Honey: Forget everything you know about Sumatran coffee. The producers of this offering have combined two different types of semi-washed processing, honey processing and wet-hulling, to create something completely new. It's kept the syrupy texture and moderate acidity we know and love from Indonesian coffee and combined it with the fruity, juicy flavors commonly found in honey and natural processed coffee. Look for big notes of watermelon, tropical fruit and limeade.
Costa Rica Tarrazu la Pastora: A coffee that needs no introduction! Equally at home as a delightful single origin brew or as a blender that brings gentle brightness and juicy sweetness to the table, it's sure to leave you wanting more. Look for notes of fig, peach, white grape and milk chocolate.
Peru Cafe de Mujer Organic: Gentle, subtle, understated but far from boring. This delightful cup from Peru has gentle acidity and slight sweetness with a smooth, creamy texture and a clean finish that'll have you looking at the bottom of the cup before you know it. Expect notes of caramel, milk chocolate and almond.