I have chosen to feature this coffee as the first for the website due to the remarkable quality of this Gesha.
Earlier this month, Counter Culture Coffee offered this Gesha in a very limited release for order from their website. I was able to get my hands on a box of it before it sold out and I'm certainly glad that I did.
Geshas are a varietal of Arabica Coffee, which is believed to have originated in Ethiopia, but has found its way to many central american countries. This varietal is known for producing exceptionally aromatic and floral cups and has become a high priced coffee due to demand, limited supply, and the quality cup that this coffee produces when brewed.
This Gesha comes from the Gallardo Family in Jurutungo, Panama. Prior to 2015, this coffee was actually not available for sale in the United States. Counter Culture was one of three buyers who were able to get their hands on this coffee.
What blew my mind about this coffee was not just the liveliness of the cup, but the fact that when I brewed this coffee 10 days off of roast it was just as flavorful and aromatic as when I first brewed it just a few days after the roast date, if not more so.
Here's the info regarding my brewing parameters and qualities of the coffee:
Water Temp: 204 F
Total Brew Time: 2:00
Flavors: Floral - Jasmine/Citrus- Lime
If you want to read more about the specific farm that this Gesha was grown on, you can find that info here.