Guatemala Acetenango Gesha Lot 2
Sourced through Coffee Shrub this wet processed competition grade coffee scores 92.5 points SCA. December 2020 Release. To be scored and reviewed by Coffee Review in January 2021.
Coffee Review 93 points:
Blind Assessment: Cocoa-and spice-toned. Cocoa powder, cherry, fir, hazelnut, cinnamon in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with bright acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The finish is nutty and cocoa-driven, supported by hints of cherry and fir.
Notes: Sourced by importer Coffee Shrub from a family-owned farm; produced entirely of the celebrated Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety of Arabica and processed by the washed method (fruit skin and flesh are removed before drying). RamsHead Coffee Roasters is a family-owned company founded by Bozeman, Montana natives Caleb and Laura Walker. RamsHead specializes in direct trade microlot coffees. For more information, visit www.ramsheadcoffee.com.
The Bottom Line : A harmonious washed-process Gesha, grown in Guatemala and displaying pleasing notes of cocoa, stone fruit and cinnamon-like spices.
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 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. And with this coffee from the region of Acatenango, we have a Gesha cup that expresses much of that floral intensity that's become synonymous with the "Gesha" name. Harvest was quite productive this year again as the owner of the farm has dedicated even more of his farm to this varietal. Coffee Shrub is the sole buyer of this coffee and have chosen to keep certain farm specifics to buyers. The farm sits on the steep slopes of Volcan Acatenango between 1600 - 1700 meters and reaps the benefits of rich volcanic soil. This farm has been in the same family for a couple generations now and they've built out an impressive wet milling facility onsite as well.
- Coffee Shrub: Guatemala
- Floral Toned
- Earl Grey
- Bergamont Citrus
- Spiced Apple
Recommended Brewing Method(s)
French Press, Pour-Over