The first famous Geisha beans came from Panama, but Geisha coffees from neighboring Colombia are a similarly rare, special treat. Colombia is well known as a coffee-growing powerhouse, and the Geisha program at Finca Manantiales del Frontino is exceptional. Located in the premier Northern growing region of Valle de Cauca, the farm places their Geisha-growing area at the highest elevations of the property: a sky-scraping 1700-1900 meters. Their Geisha varietal is so well-loved, it won the "coffee of the year" in SCAA competition in 2011-- that's across all roasts from all countries. The best in show!
Colombia Geisha coffees are sweet, floral, smooth, and nuanced. A delicacy to their flavor distinguishes them from other Central American Geishas, with layered aromas, a silky mouthfeel, crisp, balanced flavors that fade into a long, soft finish. In this cup, look for notes of purple grape juice, a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and jasmine (which are traditionally planted together in the Mediterranean), and a golden, lighthearted finish of yellow pear, light tea, and a touch a citrus zest.
We feel lucky to carry a small amount of this fantastic coffee from Zoka, whose owner travels to South America every year to handpick outstanding coffees like this one from award-winning farms. Only a few world-class coffees receive cupping scores over 90, so this 91-scoring gem is a limited-lot example of Colombia's finest specialty coffees.