Panama Hacienda Esmeralda Cañas Verdes Geisha - Limited Release
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FARM: Hacienda La Esmeralda - Cañas Verdes
ELEVATION: 1600-1800 M
CUPPING NOTES: Jasmine, Lemon, Honey
Hacienda La Esmeralda was first purchased as a retirement venture by Rudolph Peterson in 1967, and his family have been tending to the land around the small town of Boquete ever since. In the early days, the land was primarily pasture for beef cattle, but over the years, the family transitioned to dairy cattle and coffee production.
In 2004, the Peterson family and Hacienda La Esmeralda took the coffee world by storm. That year's Best of Panama competition saw Geisha introduced to the world, where it secured the highest price ever paid for coffee at auction. Cañas Verdes is part of the Peterson’s original estate, dating back to 1967.
Each year for the past several years, Hacienda Esmeralda has held a private auction of their prized Geisha varietal, each Esmeralda Special lot coming from a specific plot of land on their farm. Altogether there is not much coffee, only about 20,000 pounds, which must fill a big demand from all corners of the world (this may sound like a lot but is only half of one shipping container). Competition for the coffee is fierce and prices go very high. Fortunately, for the past few years Esmeralda has released their "second coffee", the 100% Panama Esmeralda Private Reserve Geisha. As in the wine world where the second wine of the very top chateaux are fabulous wines in their own right, still costly but a relative bargain. Lafite-Rothschild has its Lafite Rothschild Carruades de Lafite; Chateau Latour its Les Forts de Latour. These wines would be great in anyone's book, but they are withheld, often for a tiny detail, from being in the rarified top lot. The same holds true for Esmeralda Private Reserve Geisha. This is a wonderful coffee, exhibiting much of the same lovely jasmine, floral and lemony tones witnessed in the auction lots but at less than a third of the price.