Mar 24
Geisha Coffee
posted by: Gomez in Products on Mar 24th, 2013 | |

Geisha Coffee TinOne of the many ways that I deviate from the stereotypical Brit is that I don’t drink tea. I am not a fan, I don’t like the taste, I don’t like the aftertaste and I don’t like the way that it seems to leave a coating in my mouth like a MSG heavy meal. So for me it’s coffee all the way.

So I was very happy when I was offered a sample of Geisha, currently one of the most rare and desired coffees around. Specifically grown on the Coffea Diversa plantation in Costa Rica, close to the Panamanian border, Great Taste Gold award-winning Geisha is one of the most sought after types of coffee trees with green beans (that haven’t yet been roasted) selling for a staggering $130 a pound.

I was just about to strip and clean my old faithful Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine in readiness when my sample arrived and, lo and behold, it was marked as cafetiere ground. This was pleasant surprise, as these days I seem to use my cafetiere much more often than I fire up the espresso machine.

Making a trial brew taught me two things really fast, I needed an extra scoop of coffee in the cafetiere and serving this coffee too hot just kills the flavour. Okay Gomez, lesson learnt, this is not your average supermarket supplied brand; let’s try that again.

Ah, that’s better! So what can I tell you about it? Consistency wise, it’s quite thin, probably from a lighter roast, but in no way is it wishy-washy. It’s actually quite full bodied and the aroma in the cup is sweet with hints of caramel.

As I’ve already said the flavour of Geisha is best at moderate temperatures, but the good think is that the flavour profile doesn’t change as the temperature drops so this is a coffee you can linger over and savour.

So who should drink it? Well, everyone that’s looking for a coffee with a clean, clear taste but still wants something that, although delicate, is still full of flavour.

What the importers say :- The plantation is incredibly special as it grows the largest number of different coffee varieties in the world. Coffea Diversa has pioneered the botanical garden approach to coffee cultivation in which aspect the Estate remains unique.

Geisha, one of the Ethiopian wild and extremely rare coffee varieties, boasts a soft, delicate profile with quietly complex aromatics that reward patient attention with notes of lavender, cocoa and hints of molasses – varying from woody to melons to a mix of sugar and spices. A rich, sweet and spicy aroma with a smooth taste and a thin body full of flavor and acidity.

Available via Knightsbridge based Sea Island Coffee, importers and retailers of gourmet coffees sourced from some of the finest and exclusive coffee growing regions in the world, Geisha is priced at £8 for 125g.

3 Responses to “Geisha Coffee”

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  2. I wanted to comment on this way back then, but I wanted to share my experience and to do this I needed a thermometer.

    I received one a week or so ago and its sole use is to measure water temperature.

    I am a fan of Coffee Bean Direct, a purveyor of beans from all over the place in 5lb bags in the US$40 to US$60 price range. My first purchase (from Amazon) was Dark Sumatra Gayoland, Organic Fair Trade and this stuff was da bomb! Sure, not as good as the best I’ve had but for the price it really was second to none.

    I was disappointed with my second order, Dark Guatemalan. It was full of flavour but there was a slight bitterness. Even my daughter noticed and she drinks Starbucks.

    With the thermometer, I keep the water temp at just under 200 degrees f or about 93 degrees c. At this temp, the residual bitterness is gone and it’s like drinking a different bean altogether.

    Temperature makes a huge difference.

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