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Geisha Specialty Coffee

Prepare to embark on a journey of taste and discovery as we delve into the world of Geisha Specialty Coffee and uncover its secrets.

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Are you a coffee lover who is constantly seeking new and extraordinary flavors? Have you ever wondered what makes Geisha Specialty Coffee so highly regarded in the coffee industry? Prepare to embark on a journey of taste and discovery as we delve into the world of Geisha Specialty Coffee and uncover its secrets.


Exploring the Origins of Geisha Coffee

To truly appreciate the flavors of Geisha Specialty Coffee, it is important to understand its origins. Originally known as “Abyssinia,” Geisha, also spelled Gesha, traces its roots to the ancient region of Ethiopia’s northern highlands, the birthplace of Arabica coffee. From there, it journeyed to Central America where it first gained prominence in Costa Rica and has since spread to other regions of Central America, including Panama. Geisha coffee is meticulously cultivated on coffee plantations, where farmers employ various techniques to ensure its quality. The Panamanian geisha variety, in particular, has gained recognition for its exceptional taste. By delving into the coffee production process and the unique characteristics of the geisha variety, we can better appreciate the art behind this specialty coffee.

Unlocking the Tasting Experience of Geisha Specialty Coffee

For coffee enthusiasts and lovers, Geisha Specialty Coffee provides a tasting experience like no other. This coffee variety is known for its exquisite flavors, which range from tropical fruit and passion fruit notes to delicate floral undertones of jasmine. The process of harvesting the geisha beans, from picking the ripe coffee cherries to roasting the beans, contributes to the unique flavors that coffee enthusiasts value.

Whether you enjoy the honey or washed coffee varieties, Geisha Specialty Coffee offers a depth of flavor that is sure to captivate your palate. With each sip, you’ll experience the vibrant and distinct taste of tropical fruit and citrus, balanced by the smoothness of stone fruit flavors. The careful craftsmanship involved in cultivating and processing Geisha Specialty Coffee ensures its exceptional quality and consistent flavor profile.

Finca La Reserva

Nestled in the verdant hills of Colombia’s renowned coffee-growing region of Antioquia lies the illustrious Finca La Reserva, a beacon of excellence in the world of specialty coffee. Juan Felipe, owner and pioneering producer of Finca La Reserva, oversees this meticulously maintained estate which boasts sprawling fields of lush coffee trees that stretch as far as the eye can see, each one lovingly tended to by skilled farmers dedicated to producing the finest beans imaginable. The altitude at which Finca La Reserva is situated plays a pivotal role in shaping the unique flavor profile of its coffees, with cool mountain breezes and rich volcanic soil contributing to the ideal growing conditions for these exceptional beans. At Finca La Reserva, a deep commitment to sustainable farming practices permeates every aspect of operations.

From meticulously managing water usage to implementing innovative soil conservation techniques, sustainability is not just a buzzword here—it is a way of life. The farmers at Finca La Reserva understand that preserving the land for future generations is not only responsible but essential for maintaining the quality and integrity of their coffee crops. Through initiatives such as shade-grown cultivation and natural pest control methods, this esteemed estate sets a shining example for environmentally conscious coffee production. Quality control is paramount at Finca La Reserva, with stringent protocols in place to ensure that only the finest beans make their way from harvest to cup. Each batch undergoes rigorous testing and tasting evaluations by expert cuppers who have honed their craft over years of experience. The dedication to excellence shines through in every sip, showcasing the meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to quality that define this exceptional Colombian coffee estate.

Map image of the Finca La Reserva in Colombia we we source our Geisha beans
Map of South America’s prominent Geisha Coffee producers including Finca La Reserva in Colombia where we source our Geisha beans.

96-Hour Anaerobic Honey Process Coffee

The 96-hour anaerobic fermentation process is a meticulously detailed and time-consuming modulation of the initial processing of coffee cherries that yields exceptional results. This process, which involves fermenting the coffee cherries in their mucilage for an extended period of 96 hours, allows for a “super-charged” fermentation to begin, which develops deeper and nuanced flavors within the beans. The cherries are carefully hand-picked at peak ripeness and then pulped to remove the outer fruit, leaving behind the sticky and sugary mucilage that surrounds the beans at the core of the cherry. This mucilage-coated parchment is then placed into fermentation tanks or barrels where it undergoes a controlled anaerobic fermentation process for precisely 96 hours. During this time, enzymes naturally present in the mucilage break down sugars, resulting in the deeper development of complex and nuanced flavor profiles.

Combining the initial anaerobic modulation with the honey processing of the coffee beans in parchment further increases the natural sugars imparted to the coffee beans and enriches the complexity of flavors inherent and native to the particular coffee varietal. As sugars within the enveloping mucilage break down over time through the extended honey processing, i.e. curing, they impart richer fruity, floral, and sometimes even wine-like notes to the coffee beans. These flavors can range from vibrant tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit to delicate floral aromas such as jasmine or lavender. The prolonged fermentation also contributes to a rich and creamy body and velvety or juicy mouthfeel in the brewed coffee, creating a truly luxurious sensory experience for coffee enthusiasts. The 96-hour anaerobic honey process is not only a testament to meticulous craftsmanship but also a gateway to experiencing some of the most exquisite flavors that coffee has to offer.

By combining anaerobic fermentation with traditional coffee processing methods with an extended slow-dry timeframe, this process unlocks a symphony of complex tastes and aromas that elevate Colombian Finca La Reserva’s Geisha varietal to unparalleled heights. Each step in this intricate process contributes to shaping a cup of coffee that is unparalleled in its depth and nuance, making it a truly remarkable offering for those seeking an extraordinary sensory journey through every sip.

Learn more about the Finca La Reserva in Colombia and our anaerobic 96-hour honey process by visiting our friends at Genuine Origin


What is Geisha Coffee?

Geisha Specialty Coffee is a highly sought-after coffee variety from Central America known for its unmatched quality and unique tasting notes. It is cultivated in countries like Costa Rica and Panama and offers a truly exceptional coffee experience.

Where is Geisha coffee grown?

Geisha coffee is grown primarily in Costa Rica, Colombia (from which we sourced our current microlot), and Panama. It first gained prominence in Costa Rica and has since spread to other regions of Central America.

What makes Geisha coffee special?

Geisha coffee is special because of its exceptional flavor profile. It offers tropical fruit and passion fruit notes, as well as delicate floral undertones of jasmine. The careful cultivation and processing techniques contribute to its unique flavors.

How does Geisha coffee taste?

Geisha coffee boasts a flavor profile that ranges from tropical fruit and passion fruit to delicate floral notes like jasmine. Coffee enthusiasts love the taste for its complexity and depth.

Are there different varieties of Geisha coffee?

Yes, there are different varieties of Geisha coffee. One well-known variety is the Panamanian Geisha, which has gained recognition for its exceptional taste and quality.

What are the different brewing methods for Geisha coffee?

Geisha coffee can be brewed using various methods, including pour-over, French press, espresso, and drip coffee. The brewing method can affect the flavor profile and intensity of the coffee.

Where can I buy Geisha Coffee?

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How should Geisha coffee be stored?

Geisha coffee should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark, and dry place to preserve its freshness and flavors. For the freshest taste, it is best to grind the beans just before brewing.

Does Geisha coffee have caffeine?

Yes, like most coffee varieties, Geisha coffee contains caffeine. The caffeine content can vary depending on factors such as the roast level and brewing method.

Can I use Geisha coffee for espresso?

Yes, Geisha coffee can be used for espresso. Its unique flavors and quality make it a popular choice for espresso enthusiasts looking to explore new taste sensations.

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