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Paying it forward – Hacienda La Esmeralda…Geisha

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sometimes unexpected gifts give you the greatest satisfaction. A few days ago a kind stranger dropped off a couple of bags of green coffee and amongst one of them was lazily scribbled in light blue ink… Panama Esmeralda . What a surprise. As an avid coffee fan we often wondered how the most sought after coffee tasted, and here was our chance. Problem was it was a 380gm lot and roasting on a 7-kilo was gonna be quite nerve wracking.

We debated at length how to prep for the roast. Eventually we decided to roast 4 cycles of other beans before we stablised the roaster for such a small batch. Many predictions were made on the bean density and moisture content but we finally put the stick in the proverbial sand and dropped the whole lot in. All 380gms…

We almost lost the roast but a quick charge of the burner smoothed into a nice gentle long finish for a medium-light roast. Had we got it right? Dumping such a small amount looked comical and the bin could barely wash the beans around…

Fragrant,  summer flowers, fresh jasmine tea, peach, tropical fruits, sweet sugar cane

These were just some of the complex aromas and flavours we tasted. On day three the flavours developed and balanced out even better.

More of the jasmine is coming through, plum-like flavours, clean smooth body. As it cools, you get some berries in it’s flavour, cane sugar sweetness. Citrusy notes coming through in the finish. Truly impressed at how enjoyable this coffee is.

Much debate and talk occurred about what we should do with this miniscule batch of beans. Should we just drink all ourselves? Yes we did think quite seriously. Oh yes we did. But coffee is about sharing, and we decided to. Many have come by and if you ask we will let you try a cup. We’ll drink with you but at least you’ll get a cup!

We’re paying it forward, because who knows? Someday some stranger will drop off something wonderful for us to try again…what goes around comes around.


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  1. February 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Wow, who knew coffee could be so complex? Maybe I’ll drop off some beans in the future … ;)

  2. March 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I had the pleasure and privilege of trying your roast firsthand. Your roast is superior to my own roast of the Gesha. Let’s see: Plum-berry-tea.

  1. May 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

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