Exquisite: The Geisha Varietal

Exquisite: The Geisha Varietal

Tom Maegdlin8/ 9/23

When it comes to the world of coffee, connoisseurs are always on the lookout for unique and exceptional flavors that can transport them into another sensory dimension. One such gem in the coffee universe is the Geisha varietal, known for its extraordinary flavors and captivating aromas. Originating in the lush coffee-growing regions of Ethiopia, the Geisha varietal has gained a cult-like following among coffee enthusiasts, thanks to its distinct profile and movie-worthy history.

The Geisha varietal, often referred to as Gesha, stands out due to its unparalleled complexity and delicate taste. Cultivated at high altitudes in regions like Panama, Colombia, and Costa Rica, this coffee boasts a unique combination of floral, fruity, and tea-like characteristics. Its beans are known for their elongated shape and vibrant green color (in its unroasted state). The aroma of Geisha coffee is captivating, often encompassing floral notes reminiscent of jasmine, bergamot, and even tropical fruits. When brewed, Geisha coffee unveils a cup that is smooth, light-bodied, and adorned with flavors that can range from sweet bergamot and peach to jasmine and honey.

Geisha is a thin-leafed, very delicate varietal that is difficult to grow. Some of our producers tell us 10%-20% of the Geisha planted in the nursery makes in to maturity. 

The journey of savoring Geisha coffee is not only about its taste, but also about the story it carries. Historically, Geisha coffee was "rediscovered" in Panama in the early 2000s, though its roots trace back to the forests of Ethiopia. Its initial popularity came from its impressive performance in coffee competitions, where its unique flavors turned heads and captivated palates. Since then, Geisha varietal coffee has been meticulously cultivated and refined by passionate farmers who recognize its exceptional qualities. Whether you're a dedicated coffee aficionado or a casual drinker looking to explore a truly distinctive flavor profile, embarking on a Geisha coffee experience is a journey that promises to be both satisfying and enlightening.


-Tom "Tommy Hansa" Maegdlin