We are beyond excited to share this exquisite coffee with you! Renowned for its exotic flavor profile – an infusion of jasmine, tropical fruits, intense aromatics – the geisha variety is truly in a class of its own.
This gem comes to us from Willem Boot’s farm, La Mula, in Panama along the southern slopes of the Baru volcano. He was blown away by this coffee variety in 2004 at the Best of Panama Coffee Competition when he first tried it. Boot went on to start his farm in 2007 and has maintained a focus on quality from the beginning. The 12 acre farm was designed to produce coffee in harmony with the surrounding rainforest and grown without the use of herbicides and insecticides. Sustainability plays an important role at the farm, not only environmentally but also socially. The workers are paid well above the Panamanian minimum wage and provides health care premiums. With the limited supply of this coffee, it will always be traded beyond Fair Trade minimums, often by 25 times over.
The intrigue of this geisha variety (also known as gesha, though Boot refers to the variety as the former) led Boot on a quest to find its origins where he found himself in Gesha, Ethiopia. Ethiopia holds many coffee varieties with some yet to be discovered. He found the physical traits of the geisha resembled the wild plants throughout the region. Working with Dr. Sarada Krishnan of the Denver Botanic Gardens and through DNA testing, they found there is a high likelihood that the trees in Gesha, Ethiopia are related to those in Panama. To read more about his journey, please read this article from STIR Magazine with all the details!
Finca La Mula
Portrerillas Arriba, Chiriqui, Panama
Direct Farm Trade
Notes: Jasmine, Mango, Papaya, Berries, Currants, Complex!
Altitude: 1700-1800 feet
Varieties: Bronze Tip Geisha, Green Tip Geisha
Winner of the Best of Panama Coffee Competition in 2014