Región : Cañas Verdes, Palmira
Elevation : 1800 MASL
Variety : Geisha
Processing : Natural
Roast Level : Light Medium
Tasting Note: Fruity and Sweetly Floral Aroma, Layered flavours of Jasmine and Hibiscus, Orange,
Cherry, Dried Figs Sweetness, Prune, Silky Mouthfeel Texture, Long Lingering – Finish
Panama Esmeralda Private Reserve Cañas Verdes Geisha represents a great bargain in one of the
world’s most expensive and sought after coffees -Esmeralda Special – which is sold only through a
privately held international auction for professional roasters. Each year for the past several years,
Hacienda Esmeralda has held a private auction of their prized Geisha varietal, each Esmeralda
Special lot coming from a specific plot of land on their farm.
Altogether there is not much coffee, only about 20,000 pounds, which must fill a big demand from all
corners of the world (this may sound like a lot but is only half of one shipping container).
Competition for the coffee is fierce and prices go very high – this year’s auction saw the least
expensive lot sell for $168/lb.
Fortunately, for the past few years Esmeralda has released their “second coffee”, the 100% Panama
Esmeralda Private Reserve Geisha.
Hacienda Esmeralda is made up of several “farms” along the Volcan Baru: Palmira, Jaramillo, Cañas
Verdes and El Velo. Specific lots from each of the farms are what sell at the private auction – Cañas
Verdes is split up into 9 lots. This offering includes coffee from all nine lots, 100 percent Geisha
Natural (the lower reaches of the farm also grow Catuai).
This is a wonderful coffee, exhibiting much of the same lovely jasmine, floral and lemony tones
witnessed in the auction lots but at less than the price.
Recommended Coffee Brewing Device:
V60 Dripper, Clever Dripper, Chemex Brewer, Kalita Wave Dripper, Aeropress Maker
Method: Filter V60 Handbrew method
Yield: 30g for 30 seconds, total yield 300g,
Brew Time: 2 minute 30 seconds (adjust grind size accordingly)
Water Temperature: 89 – 93 degrees (adjust temperature accordingly)
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