February 16, 2013 by Beans Ahoy
Colombia for the last few years has been some terrific specialty coffee. Colombian coffee is often written off as a mass production coffee, and whilst it is true that Colombia has a huge coffee production, not all of their coffee is a low quality commercial product.
The Geisha tasted is grown at between 1500 and 2000 meters. The altitude was no surprise however, the coffee exhibited all of the flavours and aromas of high altitude coffee. The beans themselves were typical geisha, some large, some small, most with the typical elongated shape but what was really extraordinary is the cleanliness of the beans. The whole presentation of the coffee was excellent.
Enough of the stats and background though because what I really want to talk about is the taste of this coffee. Put simply, it is excellent. There are complex flavours, interwoven with delicate hints of wild flower and lavender and despite being a typical geisha flavour it is a robust one. The flavour and aroma fills the mouth and doesn’t die out for quite sometime.
There is no doubt that this is a high quality coffee, but the production is low and is usually presold from what I have heard. Do email if you are interested in getting hold of some.
I really do hope that Colombia sticks on this path of coffee production. Coffee is obviously very important to their economy, but concentrating some of their better soils and climates on specialty coffee production will really help some of the coffee producers in Colombia. This really is very good.
The aroma is the typical geisha lavender, honey, and lemon zest. However, it’s richer with strong hints of dry jasmine. Perhaps more than any other geisha there was the overwhelming smell of a black bergamot tea. The aroma continued into the taste, initially lemon, but a little bit of bitterness in this geisha, not unpleasant, just a little tart. As ever, a flavour unique to geisha, something I have coined “geisha-ness”.