This Colombian Gesha is a real treat and sets itself apart from the last two Gesha coffees we’ve had. It has a vivid fake melon flavour you find in melon sweets, niche we know, but it’s there. It also has notes of honeysuckle, a candied sugar sweetness and a hit of strawberry. It’s simply a stunning coffee. With milk, when brewed as a filter, it doesn’t work so well but it makes a banging flat white! It’s a strawberries and cream fest.
|Producer||Finca Puerto Alegre|
Ok, this is getting silly now. We’ve gone from never selling a Gesha, to releasing three in a row. So what’s different about this one? Well, firstly it’s not from Panama, it’s from Colombia. Up until recently the best Geshas would be grown there and you’d be on the struggle bus to find them anywhere else. The variety originates from Ethiopia but found its success growing in Panama.
It’s only been since demand has exponentially increased that more countries are experimenting with this variety. With demand increasing it means Geshas are less of a rarity and the hype is calming down, which we’re pretty pumped about. This coffee was grown on a farm called Finca Puetro Alegre which has been an advocate of shade growing since the 1970s. Don Moises, their patriarch, made the decision to maintain his shade cover in the 70s when many other producers were transitioning to full sun exposure. Don was a strong believer in sustainability (before sustainability was a “thing”) and did not want to damage the environment with the use of pesticides.
There are a lot of quite specific flavour references here, so hold onto your hats. When first tasting this coffee we were hit with the taste of the fake melon flavour in melon sweets, niche we know, but it’s there. It gets weirder. Honeysuckle. It tasted like the sweet scent of blossoming honeysuckle wafting in the summer breeze. This coffee has a candied sugar sweetness with a strawberry hit as well as other floral notes we couldn’t quite put our finger on. It’s simply a stunning coffee. With milk, when brewed as a filter, it doesn’t work so well but it makes a banging flat white! It’s like a strawberries and cream fest.